Just a simple question: How many of us would prefer Stoves over ovens, CDs over downloads, hand washing machines over automatic ones, steamed powertrains over electronic ones, post offices over electronic mails and e-fax machines, computers over laptops or ordinary mobile phones over smartphones.

The answers may be varying but the verity is that more than half of this world’s population prefers the latter. The influence and use of technology in today’s world is enormous. With the world moving forward and nations moving ahead of each other every day, the day-to-day modern advancements in the technological world seem vital.

It’s been long since advancement in tools and technology started taking place and it has not stopped yet. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the greatest innovations and inventions, of all time, took place in 20th and 21st century. The world also observed the usage of technology in cold-blooded times like world wars, for example, technological advancements like automobiles, poison gases, aircraft, tracer bullets and drones left the world enthralled. But to today’s generation, these technologies seem common because so much time has passed since World wars and public have been introduced to more advancements already.

On the other hand, there has occurred some advancement in modern technology that has changed human’s life in a better way. For instance, modern technology, around the world, is helping people in discovering their hidden talents. People are doing business on smartphones by creating apps and on the internet by creating blogs and sites. In short modern technology has simplified life in so many ways. Hence we are safe to say that modern technology has affected the modern world in both positive and negative way. But still, here we need to find how it has affected the world more: positively or negatively because many people believe that modern technology has made life easier than the past whereas some belief in the opposite.

Let’s first list out some of the tools whose rapid advancements in recent years have made both work and life more convenient than it was in past.

Smartphones

Smartphones or cell phones once considered a rare object has now become the most common and necessary object. In the past, people had to go to post offices or PCOs to send messages or letters to their loved ones but today mobile phones are available to save people from this tiresomeness. Daily and new advancements in cell phones are proof that technological advancement is never going to stop. Some year’s back an ordinary cell phone was considered a blessing but today the availability of convenient apps like Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, and Facebook make smartphones a requisite. In front of trendy gadgets like iPhones and tablets along with the blessing of touch screens, navigation maps, Wi-Fi, voice command and recognition system and other millions of useful apps make cellular phones look of no use except making calls and messages. Another use of smartphones over cellular phones is that it does not let you feel the need of laptops or computers for some information or news; they have easy access to the internet on which you can get relevant material anytime anywhere. It is all due to smartphones today that you can have access to or can send anything across with only a finger’s touch.

Home Equipment

In the past decade, technology has easily become successful in finding its place in our homes. Not only for business or workplace but technology has also become the need for houses too. In this modern world, for everyone, it is unmanageable to live without washing machines, smart ovens, central heating, electric kettles, refrigerators, televisions, clocks, telephones and most of all electricity. Without a doubt inventions and then advancements in them has made life a lot easier. Can you imagine going back to the time when there was no electricity, no stoves, no AC and no phones? Can you picture yourself collecting fire woods just to make food and to boil something? Can you visualize yourself listening to the radio for news and sports commentary and not able to see anything? Can you live just by estimating the time with the Sun and Moon’s direction? Or how do you find collecting oil every time just to light one lamp? Not even one of the above tasks seems easy. The realization of the blessings we have right now is enough to make us thankful for technology.

Transportation

In the past, one of the most wearisome tasks to do was traveling. Today’s generation cannot even imagine traveling for days just to reach a specific place. One of the blessings modern advancement of technology has bestowed upon us is ‘better transport system’. Better transport system not only saves time but has also made traveling safer and convenient. Travelling is a basic need of every individual. People need to travel to fulfill their duties and it is modern transportation that has changed this need of traveling into aspiration. Due to good transportation and engines, people are enjoying by traveling from country to country on motorbikes, cars, and jeeps. For some people, traveling the world and going places to places has become a passion. Without modern transportation systems like planes and jets, had it been possible for Cassie De Pecol to travel 196 countries in just 18 months or for sports teams or personalities to travel from one continent to another for the game and return back in a day. No! Certainly, it is the technological advancement in transport system too that has made it all possible.

Internet

Imagine you are asked to go to back to the past and do business like it was done at that time. Now obviously, decades ago, there was no email system, internet connection, mobile phones availability, computers and no communication systems then how would you do it? Challenging right. Technology from past many years has been helping humans in doing and establishing businesses. This is due to technology that people, all around the world, have been able to turn their small businesses and companies into big ones. Also, this is due to the Internet and social media sites that many people have been able to find their hidden talents and professions. Many people, especially youth, are doing businesses online by selling, writing etc. The past people had to travel days and nights and even for months sometimes for trading and dealings but today technology has made things so easy that if you are unable to go to work, you can still attend meetings and do conferences via Skype and Face Times.

Online Education

Technology has so far played a great role in learning and educational processes. People of today’s world understand the importance of education and focus on it more than those in the past. Technology and the internet have played a prodigious role in spreading awareness about the importance and necessity of education. Similarly, the usage of technology in educational areas has removed educational boundaries. Today getting the education from someone who lives across the border is not a big deal. Many universities and schools have set up online classes which students from across the globe can join anytime without any obstacle. The use of digital boards, smart boards, power points, tablets and similar digital tools makes learning more fun for students and help them in understanding the work practically. Students who are unable to have access to libraries or expensive bookstores can easily find books online on the Internet. There are learning sites on the internet like Edmodo where teachers can deliver any message and upload the assignments, class works and video lectures for the convenience of their students. Technology is providing every individual with the opportunity to learn by themselves no matter wherever they are and whatever his age is. Learning through technology is open for everyone.

Considering the above points it is without any doubt a reality that the rapid pace of technology always has and is still playing its part in making lives better if not best. Everything, in the universe, has two sides to it: positive or negative. Like coins, even people are born with two sides; good or bad but it is totally up to them to choose either one of it.

Technology might have succeeded in making human life a lot easier but it too has not come only with a side. Technology might have as many negative aspects as positive, it might be addicting, it might be creating difficulties in people’s life but, another bitter truth is that, like other tools, it is the man who runs it and how he uses it is fully in his hand. The purpose of technology only was to invent things that can be proven helpful for human in some way and if someone does misuse of it, his bad!

The World is moving forward minute by minute and so is technology. One should use it but refrain from living it. As it is known, ‘Excess of everything is bad’. One should not misuse it and especially try to stop his/her self from becoming addicted to it. It is obvious that in the future, with the world, technology will only increase not decrease so it is up to parents to learn about its right use and transfer it to their children and next generation.  It is up to teachers and guides to tell about the right way of using technology to their pupils.