Monday, 22 February 2021

Why Digital Technology Is Bad Now ?



Digital Technology has revolutionized almost every aspect of people's lives in recent decades. Office work, shopping, music, movies, television, photography, travel, transport, and long-distance communications are just some areas that have been transformed. In fact it's fair to say that it's become increasingly rare to find any electronic device or large machinery that doesn't incorporate digital technology in some way.


Digital technology often means that devices have generally become much smaller, lighter, faster, and more versatile than they used to be. It also means that huge amounts of information can be stored locally or remotely and moved from place to place include photos, audio, video and other media, rather than just letters and also numbers. The information can be much more easily manipulated, too; photos, music, and movies can be edited, for instance.


However, there are downsides to digital technology, too. Here I am sharing 10 of the Negatives of Digital Technologies.


1# DATA SECURITY

2# CRIME AND TERRORISM

3# PRIVACY CONCERNS

4# SOCIAL DISCONNECT

5# DIGITAL MEDIA MANIPULATION

6# JOB INSECURITY

7# PLAGIARISM AND COPYRIGHT

8# ADDICTION

9# LONGEVITY

10# SOCIAL ALIENATION


Now... Gives time to me to explain each downside of digital technology in more detail below.


1# DATA SECURITY

Digital technology means that vast amounts of data can be collected and stored. This can be private information concerning individuals or organizations. It can be very difficult to keep this data safe. Just a single breach can mean vast amounts of private information going into the hands of criminals, terrorists, business rivals, foreign adversaries, or other malign entities.


2# CRIME AND TERRORISM

The internet is fertile territory for malevolent forces to operate, thanks to its international nature, vast scale, and the relative anonymity that users can enjoy. Examples of this include: terrorists using social media to promote themselves and encourage others; drug dealers using the dark web to trade; pedophiles using chat rooms and other places to groom potential victims, exchange photos, videos and other information; and authoritarian regimes attempting to sway or distort elections in democratic countries.


3# PRIVACY CONCERNS

It's become much harder to have personal privacy in the digital world and that's on top of the dangers of your personal data being stolen or sold. For instance, everybody has the ability to take photos and video footage on their mobile phone, then post it online. Employers can search for people online and maybe find unflattering photographs, or see them expressing controversial opinions in social media or blogs. Digital cameras watch and record our movements in public places. Minor indiscretions can now haunt an individual for life when they're posted on the internet. Controlling your personal information is very difficult and sometimes impossible.


4# SOCIAL DISCONNECT

There is an increasing tendency for people to socialize and communicate via digital devices rather than through real-life contact. This can easily lead to a sense of disconnect and isolation. Human beings have evolved over thousands of years to have real contact, so taking that away affects them in all sorts of negative ways that we're only just beginning to understand. Studies have suggested that the lack of real-life contact is causing depression and other forms of mental illness in many people.


5# DIGITAL MEDIA MANIPULATION

Digital media such as photographs, audio, and video are easy to edit, making the manipulation of media widespread. It's not always easy to tell what is real and what is fake anymore. Photographs can be altered using editing tools such as Photoshop. Digital audio and video can be doctored. The issues will only intensify as the technology improves.


6# JOB INSECURITY

It used to be that you had to be physically present at a workplace to do a job, but now many work tasks are performed remotely via the internet. That means a Third World worker in a low wage economy can undercut you and take your job. Increasingly, humans aren't needed at all for many tasks, as computers gradually replace them. Driving and delivery jobs, for instance, will disappear soon as vehicles become automated.


7# PLAGIARISM AND COPYRIGHT

Digital media is remarkably easy to copy and reproduce. Copyright laws are increasingly hard to enforce, as the music and movie industries have discovered to their cost. School kids can copy and paste their homework projects without really learning anything. A culture of "sharing" on social media means that often the original creator of a piece of media is forgotten, as the piece is adapted and claimed by others.


8# ADDICTION

Social media, computer games, messaging, and dating websites can all be addictive. Games want you to play so that you will buy the next version. Websites want you to interact so that they can bring in advertising money. Users end up wasting vast amounts of time and hemorrhaging money for low return.


9# LONGEVITY

Digital gadgets typically have a short lifespan and become archaic relatively quickly. As the technology advances at a pace, devices and machines quickly become unusable because they are now seen as too slow, or incompatible with other devices, or they have simply been superseded by newer, better versions. This creates tremendous waste and inefficiency, as older digital devices are discarded when no longer useful. It can also become very expensive for users when you have to upgrade every few years to a new device.


10# SOCIAL ALIENATION

Society continues to become more and more impersonal as digitized machines replace humans. People shop online, do their banking online, pay bills online, and increasingly work online. Transport is also set to become automated, which will ultimately result in taxis and delivery vehicles becoming driver free. Loneliness and a lack of human contact with a flesh and blood person are becoming increasingly common.



@ Jackie San


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