Some say that the ‘Age of Technology‘ began with the creation of the atom or in the 17th century when the Greek term first appeared in English making reference to ‘the arts’. Others believe that technology began when the first personal computer was created by Steve Wozniak or in 1983 when the first batch of computers where installed in the student library on the campus of Stanford University. Regardless of when it all began, in more recent times technology has begun changing and affecting how we feel about each other.
Although more and more couples are currently meeting for the first time online, studies show that more and more relationships are ending due to social media also. According to recent polling conducted by The Law Firm of Slater and Gordon, one in every seven married individuals revealed they considered divorce because of their spouses’ questionable social media activity. Andrew Newbury, head of family law at Slater and Gordon, says “Five years ago, Facebook was rarely mentioned in the context of marriage ending, but now it has become common place for clients to cite social media use, or something they discovered on social media, as a reason for divorce.”
So, are Technology Advancements Good or Bad?
Increasingly, while people are finding more things to compartmentalize on social media, we are quickly loosing our way with reservation, privacy, source-vetting, and compassion. Technology advancements have outpaced the laws and strategies needed for controlling them which, in turn has lead to unexpected and unplanned problems that cry out for solutions. The days when having socially responsible answers to man’s problems seems to have taken a back seat to the culture of selfies, gaming and trolling. The counter argument for this fact-based diagnosis is that technology has become a catalyst for exposing a few of the darker sides of humanity (racial profiling, acts of violence against children, women and individuals of different religions). No one can disagree that technology has been a friend to protecting injustices and our civil liberties.