Essay on Technology and Social Change

1198 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Technology and Social Change

SOC 100

One of our best well-known scientists, Albert Einstein, quoted “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology have exceeded our humanity” that was credited in a 1995 movie called “Powder”. It is no secret that the advancement of technology is drastically increasing in a rate where it is almost impossible to keep up with. Many individuals believe that it is slowly taking our attention away to what is really valuable in our lives, while others strongly considering that it will bring us together and provide cost-effective solutions to our everyday life and industry field. Social change refers to a modification or adjustment in the social order of the society (Schaeffer 2015, p.392). This
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In the magazine article by Bonnie Osif, states that “digital divide is shrinking and it is largely based on income and education”. Other part of the world who doesn’t have access to internet and technology contributes to the digital divide. The less fortunate have to struggle in order to keep up with the constant innovation to succeed in the society. Digital revolution may deliver benefits but it also causes social change where not all of it is considered favorable. In addition, cultural lag was introduced by William F. Ogburn and considered it a period of instability when a nonmaterial culture is still struggling to adapt to new material (Schaeffer 2015, p. 401). A perfect example is the growing usage of the Internet and the ways to operate it that is manageable. Ogburn emphasizes that some elements of a culture are likely to have an advantage in initiating culture changes.
Technology has influenced social epidemiology, health and the environment at some point in time. Social epidemiology is scientific study that focuses on how distribution of disease began across the population. For instance, to prevent exportation of Ebola virus disease to other countries, primary screening was implemented. This has integrated social epidemiology into public health. Both technology and social influence each other in complex ways. The impact of innovation contributes to finding out many other diseases and ways how the society can combat it successfully. There is a

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