Computers and Our Society
How Computers Effect
Our lives have
been permanently altered due to technology, especially computers.
Everything we do revolves around computers. Our assignments for class
are required to be typed whereas in the past they could have been hand
written. Instead of people talking to their neighbors in person or
even over the phone, they now can talk to them through instant message
and ICQ. They can even make phone calls from the computer instead
of the telephone.
Although there is a lot less actual
interaction between people because of computers, they are not all bad.
They allow people to talk to friends and family that are far away without
having to pay the long distance phone bill. Computers also make our
lives easier. In the past, grocery store cashiers had to memorize
all of the prices for the products in their store. Today, the register
is computerized and programmed to know the price by reading the bar code.
It would be impossible for anyone to know the price of every item in today's
stores. Computers also allow people to do their banking and shopping
without leaving their home. Almost anything can be bought off of
Colleges also offer classes online
so that people do not have to travel all of the way to the school to attend
class. Penn State calls this their World
Campus and it is located at. Classes that would usually be canceled
because the professor was out of town can be held in chat rooms.
For example, when Dr. Jones had to go to New York for a conference, class
was held in a chat
room so that no time would be lost. All of these things have
become normal in our everyday lives. However, these technologies
are quite recent.