There is no denying that computers impact our lives enormously both at home and work. Computer technology has significantly changed our lives more than anyone would ever have imagined. In the last 50 years, the advances made in science have been far greater than all the combined discoveries in mankind’s history. During the early 70s computers were large bulky machines afforded only by the mega rich corporations. However, that has changed and in the last 2 decades, almost every home in America has at least one personal computer. In the beginning, computers were only for work- this is no longer true. Today, many people live their lives on computers. Computers have opened up another dimension to many of our lives. One can chat, phone, see movies, watch photos, read, travel, work, play games and perform almost any activity on a PC. The days of phoning, faxing or mailing letters have become obsolete. Computers can instantly send a message to anyone anywhere and get an instant reply. It would be difficult to find a type writer or a fax machine today- the computer evolution has led to a new industry of scanners, digital cameras and printers.
Advances in electronic technology have had a great impact on computers. This had led to smaller portable and light weight devices that can be used anywhere on earth. The other thing that has made an impact on computers is the price and number of manufacturers. Just 15 years ago, most people could not afford a computer.
The impact of Computer technology is most evident in the business world. These great machines have significantly reduced the amount of paper work in our daily lives. Even the home electric and phone bills can be paid via the computer. Banking and even shopping can be performed via the computer. Just 15 years ago, making an international phone call was a big deal. Besides the cost one would have to chat with an operator and wait for a connection to the other party. With a computer, one can make an instant phone call for free to anyone on earth.
There is a lot more to computers than chatting. One can watch the latest movies or sports; Shopping has become easy – one can sit in the comfort of the home and order. However, the advanced technology has also come with a price. The impact of Computer technology has also created an illusionary world of con man, thieves, sex criminals and pornography. Security is the biggest concern of computer technology today. Individuals can easily access other computers, steal files, passwords, gain access to credit cards or personal history- and with a click of a button all this information can be shared with your worst enemy.
The social impact of Computers has led to a redefination of our lives and vastly improved our knowledge. We can now go to the moon every night and travel across the different galaxies from the privacy of our homes. However, computers are also detrimental, especially for children. In many cases, the computer has replaced the natural childhood activities like sports, walking, nature, reading and being social. The social impact of computers has also started many secret lives and need to be used with some constrain. Computers impact everything we do these days but in order for children to derive the positive benefits, its use must be monitored and regulated.