In the last 20 years there have been significant developments in the field of information technology (IT), for example the World Wide Web and communication by email. However, future developments in IT are likely to have more negative effects than positive.
To what extent do you agree with this view?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.
You should write at least 250 words.
From the evidence of developed countries it seems inevitable that in the last two decades there have been many technological developments in the field of information technology. As a result, many people have access to several facilities that improve their living standards. However, it is usually the case that this is not equally welcomed by some people who have concerns about the day to day communication of human beings and other negative impacts on our lives. It can be argued that further IT developments will produce more negative effects that positive ones.
To begin with, these advanced developments have brought enormous benefits to our lives. Email has made communication, especially abroad, much simpler and faster, resulting in many benefits for education, business and commerce. A good illustration of this is that part-time students can now register at any university of their choices that offers distance learning system so that they can work and study at the same time. Furthermore, the World Wide Web means that information on every conceivable subject is now available to us. For example, people can surf the Internet to read some information about products before they buy them.
Nevertheless, the effects of this technology have not all been beneficial. For instance, many people feel that the widespread use of email is destroying the traditional form of communication such as a letter writing, telephone and face-to-face conversation. Moreover, with the large size of the Web, which seems to be nearly impossible to regulate and control, many people have concerns regarding children accessing unsuitable websites and viruses. In term of this, children are encouraged and led by bad influences such as excessive drinking, assault and smoking. Therefore, with ever increasing use of information technology these negative elements are likely to increase in the future.
In conclusion, IT developments have brought many positive benefits, yet as far as I am concerned, further developments are likely to produce several negative influences that will need to be addressed carefully.