Over though technology makes life and the world function

Over the many years, the last 20 have been some of the most technological growth ever in history. In the beginning of a millenial’s life, there would be computers the size of entire classrooms and now those same people own a computer called a cell phone that could fit into the palm of their hand. All before the age of 25. Though technology has given the world many benefits, the increase of that technology may not always be helpful in the progression of children into adults. Another ever changing condition of the world is the population, which too has rapidly increased in the last 20 years. From 1990 to 2017 the population has grown by 2.2 billion people. More than from 1970 to 1990 at only 1.3 billion (US Census Bureau, 20) The influx and growth of technology and population have led to the increase in magnitude of ignorant individuals. The population is a factor in the need and the rapid evolution of technology. It most certainly been an element in this change in the world. And though technology makes life and the world function easier, the downfall is how much humans depend on this technology, stunting their own personal growth. Whether that growth be mentally, philosophically and simply in quality of life is inherently affected by the new technological age and all its benefits and downfalls. Technology has been around since the dawn of humanity. The making of tools or weapons even means to cook food. The purpose and meaning of technology is incredibly broad being the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes (History, 3). Meaning that technology appears as many things any tools any system human made to make the life and complex or challenging activities easier and more accessible. The technological boom has taken the 20th and 21th centuries by storm in a new form, computers.  “Technology can refer to methods ranging from as simple as language to the complex genetic engineering” (Wikipedia) and space travel that has emerged since the 1980s and 50s. New knowledge has enabled people to create advanced things, many scientific endeavors are possible because technologies can and will assist humans in traveling to places they could not reach, and with scientific machines by which we study nature in more detail than our natural senses could comprehend. The world of technology used to be basic, primal even, the last 20-30 years humans have been able to take technology to a whole new dimension of meaning and purpose. Put that way, technology sounds incredible and so advanced that there is no way it could be a bad thing. Though that may be true, the improvement to life in a way humans are reverse evolving. The dependency on the technology this day and age, has taken away from the personal development that comes with life, therefore degrading the independence that humans should have. But first the amount of technology and uses of it is mind boggling, and what is even more impressive is the accessibility. All this made easier by the new discoveries scientists and engineers work towards everyday. The significant changing of the times is due to the increase in vastness, accessibility, and sheer awesomeness of technology. And though the possibilities are endless because technology is always expanding and growing upon itself, as it flourishes the aspects of humanity are withering. Technology’s ability to make life simpler and easier, the education world is at risk. This can be seen in the 20 year olds now versus the 50 year olds then. The shift in tertiary education is apparent. The tertiary education percentage “For the US 25-34 year olds is 47.5 and for 55-64 the average is 41.9.” (OECD) meaning that the percentage of age groups of the population seeking post secondary education is less than half of students. For example, according to The American Pageant by David M. Kennedy presents a chart in which in 2000, students graduating high school is 2,875,000 and then graduation from college was 1,730,000 students (Kennedy 575). A little less than half of high school graduates pursue a secondary education. This is significant because half of that population do not seek a college or university education, and without these degrees the other half of the population is working menial employment. The same employment is slowly being replaced with machinery, losing these low-status jobs leads to a higher unemployment rate. In this situation, not only is there a lack of education being consumed, but once technology is replacing humans half of that student body is now less educated and unemployed both of which can and have influence on how America or how any country functions as a whole.In this day and age the need for a college degree is becoming more and more prevalent, so now that 53% of 25-34 year olds seem negative in comparison to the magnitude of people in the U.S. population. One key difference in the most recent generations compared those of during the 20th century is though the enrollment rates are higher now in 1970 the total enrollment was 60,375,000 and the total enrollment in 2009 was 73,905,000 (OECD), those numbers have not increased by much considering the opinions of the importance of education now compared to 1970. The amount of people in school is lower which can be attributed to technology through a variety of causes like teaching based online where answers are easily found, and according to the NCES “Enrollments are projected to be lower in 2025 than in 2013 for 20 states, with projected enrollments”(NCES, 6). This number should be higher in comparison to the magnitude of population along with that there is also a decrease in the need or use for private schools. The issue with this is that means there are more kids in public school system, where funding is not the highest and the education is not always top quality. This influences students to rely more heavily on the internet and finding answers online instead of doing the work themselves whether it is because of lack of motivation or simply because they were not taught. This reliance on the internet does not do well for the long term. The lack of funding towards education speaks to the true intentions of those in power. Entering the world of money, morals become more or less diluted. Dealing with large amounts of money and product there is corruption and the general welfare of the public is not top priority. It is a tricky system in which people are out to do good to themselves. The world of technology is new. The possibilities are endless which means there is a plethora of new ways to make money “Big data is a top business priority and drives enormous opportunity for business improvement.  Wikibon’s own study projects that big data will be a $50 billion business by 2017.” (Waterford, 4) 50 billion dollars and even more predicted to be made world wide. The money in technology is enough for any business man to overlook any possible harms that product could do to human development. Simple everyday things are created or technology that is faster, smarter, and requires even less effort than before. This includes replacing manual labor with a machine, and what business leader ignores the fact that it is cheaper to buy a machine instead of a worker that is faster, reliable, and comes without a paycheck or benefits? The influence of money saving and money earning is not brushed aside. Easier access to life’s answers. Though probably there are business people who do not realize the damage that can be done, but the majority realizes “Poor data across businesses and the government costs the U.S. economy $3.1 trillion dollars a year.”(Waterford, 4)  money talks. The economic world speaks in money not in morality or squandered development. It is what makes the most money the quickest. 50 billion made or 3.1 trillion lost. Numbers like that speak to the nature of technology economically. Also on money talk, there is endless profits in technology and creation of these machines to make life easier, but the budget for education which develops the minds that could work in technology is limited. An abuse of power for financial gain is reiterated in another form of gain: views. The pressure and weight of media on everyday life and on people’s view of the world is significant in this new time.The advancement of this new world we live in, where it is found the In the most recent election, simply the reasoning made by voters is an example of the carelessness that comes from being misled by media. The choices in voting was more often not in support of the candidate, but against the other candidate. This entire election was controlled by the use of fake news and the media. This election and the words “fake news” are ones that speak to the power media holds over its viewers. The outcome of the election was determined by the way media portrayed each candidate. Donald Trump first seen of as a joke actually gained popularity and won the election, then opposing candidate Hillary Clinton loses the race for president when the spreading of “criminal” activity infected the viewers’ minds. “More than half of Trump supporters (55%) view their vote more as a vote against Clinton, while just 41% view it more as a vote for Trump.” (People Press, 5) is an example of this tug of war over media. More than half of the votes were not being decided based on agreeing principals, but rather which candidate is worse. Those numbers say just how abundant this mindset was for voters. The influence that media holds over the population is astounding. The election results are just one example of many that mirrors how trusting and sometimes naive viewers can be. The circulating “fake news” was proof of voters being too trusting of the things playing on the television. Another related point in the election was “About half of all voters (51%) say average Republicans generally disagree with Trump on most issues, while fewer (42%) say they generally agree with Trump’s positions. By contrast, 72% of voters say average Democrats agree with Clinton on most issues.” (People Press, 5) which is a prime example of how extensive this influence spans. Though this fact is related in the sophisticated side of politics, the media was affecting the leaders in government. The backbone of the country is in the government relation with the people. Media and technology has somehow trickled in the minds of office holders. The people voting and speaking for the people was now being influenced not for the people but by what they see on television. That can be dangerous for the betterment for the country and its people. For technology to have become of every part of everyday activity whether that be simple or life changing. This past election nonetheless has portrayed a message loud and clear, the media can and will lie and what people choose to believe and base their decisions on should be on facts, more than a screen. Trump was able to gain attention and support through the media, just waiting for the next crazy thing not the political goals he has for office. The views are what matters to those in media. The things voters should consider is mainly their plans and what they bring to the table, not what makes a person laugh or disgusted. Media gives those emotions, the very ones that do not have to do with the political means of candidates. With the growth of technology with the booming population, there is an increase in ignorance and loss of independence marked in a variety of ways. Being constantly supplied with technological help physical and online, there more common things or behaviors that people should know, are being forgotten and left up to an automatic aid. Rather than developing those skills through experience, it is simply being brushed over and given the job to piece of technology.  The statistics of age, time difference, the buoyant technologies, and the political and economic stances there is so much that enables people nowadays to take the easy route leaving them without the abilities or the intellect for some things that should be the basic way of living. This extent has overtaken the world at an even more outstanding rate than the population and even the changing in technology. The kinds of technology has a large variety of uses. The most common is a cell phone. Being locked into small devices has somehow overrun the world to the extent that “more than 5 billion people are calling, texting, tweeting and browsing on mobile phones worldwide”(Waterford). That is 71% of the world accessing the internet and social media. Social media first began in the most basic of version in 1997 called Six Degrees, and now 71% of the world 5 billion people, are online and using social media in 20 years. How there is a single product that has been able to take control of the world as quickly as a phone is extraordinary. The technological age has had a grip on the world since the late 90’s to where there the majority of homes and people have a technology influence in one shape or another. Whether that be a cell phone, a laptop, a rumba, and even an alarm clock.Some argue the point that technology has created a better world a more accessible world. Though that it is true that connection is at an ultimate peak and the possibilities are endless in this new technological society, the argument misses the true repercussions of tech. They also argue the cause or the seeming increase for ignorance is the fact that the population is larger than it was, so the mass of ignorant people just seems larger but is just in relation to the size of the population. Because the population is incredibly large the need for technology is ever more needed. In that there becomes more dependency on that technology. Technology is needed for a lot of everyday things and is present in the public. Those are the kind of effects that the tech world can cause.That accessibility is helpful and makes lives easier, but not always beneficial for acquiring needed skills that are simple. The dependency on machines and the quality of a person individually reflects that loss of independency technology has slowly seeped away. With the growth of technology with the booming population, there is an increase in ignorance in one way or another. Being constantly supplied with technological help physical and online, there more common things or behaviors that people should know, are being forgotten and left up to an automatic aid. The statistics of age, time difference, the buoyant technologies, and the political and economic stances there is so much that enables people nowadays to take the easy route leaving them without the abilities or the intellect for some things that should be the basic way of living.