Technology and Social Change Essay

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Leslie Chappell

SOC/100

University of Phoenix

03/28/2016

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Americans are faced with increasing change of technology in everyday life. Most of the time, the change happens, and we don't realize how it affects our lives. I remember talking to my grandparents about their younger years; it made me realize how technology changes from generation to generation. Technology is scientific knowledge and the making of tools to solve problems. The technological advances are vehicles, airplanes, radio, TV, cell phones, and computers. The 20th century has changed how people meet, interact, learn, work, and do business. This type of knowledge
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People today are more in tune to a ping or a
Technology and Social Change Page 3 beep indicating that they have a new text message or a missed call than they are their loved ones. Technology can also cause an adverse impact on employees and their commitment to their jobs.
Technology capabilities double every three to four years; society should maintain status quos and try to adapt to new technologies. The equilibrium model means that when a change occurs in one element in society, changes must be made everywhere else to maintain society's stability. Functionalist focus on what maintains the status quos in society. Those with a conflict perspective focuses on the social life, seeing change as a means of maintaining societies equilibrium. The main functionalist goal is to keep stability, while conflict perspective focuses on change reflecting the nature of society. The culture lag is defined as the difference in the rate of change between two parts of culture. Technology views the culture lag as the latent function of controlling people with very few resources than those with higher social standings.
When it comes to health and the environment, technology has made a tremendous difference in society. It's changed the patient care in inpatient facilities, the length of stay, the outcome of how their overall care is provided. Many diseases are being prevented or treated. Imaging and surgical procedures have significantly improved over the years.

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