It seems that whenever someone discusses the issue of technology versus tradition and culture, there is always a fight to prove which is right. Both sides often have equally valid points and it is interesting to watch the back and forth debate. Does an increase in the use of technology lead to loss of tradition and cultural values? Or do they balance each other out?
One of the most important issues to consider when debating this question is the nature of a country’s culture. How much do we rely on our technological know-how to shape our society? Some would say that once the wheels of the technology are set in motion, it becomes impossible to stop it. A simple look around the streets of any modern city will prove this to be true. What stands in the way of an increase in the use of technology?
In the past, people relied on the written word for just about anything. The phone book, newspapers, maps, and even maps are all considered to be part of the traditional oral culture. Nowadays, however, with the advent of the digital age, the need for the written word has greatly diminished. Why is this so?
Basically, in order for us to use technology, we first need to be able to read it. This has caused a considerable decrease in the need for traditional forms of mass communication. The radio, television, and even the print media have been used largely for entertainment purposes instead of informing the masses. Without the written word, our culture would soon be bereft of stories, poetry, and knowledge of various cultures and history. And with the ability to quickly and easily access information, this would also lead to the decline of the traditional forms of reading and writing.
Does an increase in the use of technology result in a decrease in creativity? It has been studied over time and found that there is indeed a relationship between increased technological use and a decrease in creativity. Basically, we see that those who are most creative tend to be those that are most technologically savvy. As more individuals rely on technology to get the work done and learn new things, the boredom that often results from sitting at one’s desk can increase. Not only does this decrease productivity, but also leads to a decreased interest in learning.
Does an increase in the use of technology in society and culture result in a decrease in trust in people? Trust in people is based mostly off of the ability to see one’s self in the mirror. When individuals can not see their image in the mirror, they become more likely to distrust those around them. In addition to this, individuals become more likely to be dishonest in an attempt to hide the fact that they are not seeing themselves in the mirror. This mistrust often leads to an increase in crime.
Does an increase in the use of technology result in a decrease in family values? When individuals have more freedom and more opportunities to explore new things, they tend to do things that are more adventurous. However, when society becomes more reliant on technology and computers for everything, this causes the decrease of family values. Children are not forced to grow up responsibly and learn how to work, maintain balance in a team, and work as a team.
Does an increase in the use of technology lead to an increase in the criminal element in society? We have all heard of horrible stories of young people breaking into homes and stealing things. The Internet has caused a decrease in the necessity of hiding these things. Additionally, those who break into homes do not go through a process of choosing whom to harm. They just choose a house to break into, grab what they need, and walk out the other way.