The Role of Computers in Society

In today’s society, the role of computers has changed the way one interacts with one another. The computer was first created in the 1600s and simply referred to a person who carried out calculations or computations. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the computer took its role in society that it has now. Although the computer has brought good to the world, it has hindered the way people interact with one another on a day to day basis. At this rate the computer could make man obsolete. Society has built up this technological item to be the new thing and now there is no stopping it.

In the 20th century the computer we know today emerged and forever shaped the way people will live their lives. The computer has become one of the most used technological items in our society today behind the cell phone. A computer allows you to send and receive emails, keep up to date with your friends and most importantly receive the news. Through the use of social media people are only one click away from receiving all the information they could possibly need. The idea that by a click of a mouse it can connect you with a person on the other side of the world is an amazing achievement and shows how far our society has come.

Unfortunately with the good comes the bad, and in saying that the computer has limited the way people converse with one another. Through Facebook, Twitter and other social media’s we no longer get the face to face conversations as before. Getting to know someone has become harder even though the process of meeting someone is as easy as a click of a mouse. We are losing the deep connections that previous generations have, and often take things for granted because of the use of computers. Our society has become lazy and is dependent on everyone else but ourselves to make decisions.

If the computer continues to increase as it has over the past decade then it will make humans obsolete. Computers will have the ability to do jobs quicker and more efficient than humans, causing thousands of lost jobs and an economy that could be worse than the present one. People need to realize that with the good always comes the bad and if people keep developing computers the way they are it will eventually back fire. The biggest factor in the development of computers is society; the more society promotes the use of computers the less likely communication will ever get better and the ability for man to succeed. The key to success is the limitation of computer use and continual face to face communication.

In conclusion, the way we interact with one another has been heavily influenced by society through the use of computers. Starting with the first computer in the 1600s to the present day computer, the name has stayed the same but the purposes have dramatically changed. The present day computer has changed the way one will interact with one another forever. This interaction though has been hindered by the computers because it has limited the face to face transactions. The future can only be changed by our present and the way society is going it does not look good for mankind. Although the computer has brought information by a click of a mouse, that same click of a mouse could change the way the world interacts for years to come.


Categories: eLearning ENG4U, Essay

3 replies

  1. Thanks …but what shall we do?

  2. I’m assuming that this is an argumentative essay. If it is, then it does a good job at making the computer seem bad, although it most likely change the minds of most people. Teens and kids practically live on the computer now. If the essay isn’t an argumentative essay, then it needs to cover the positives as well as the negatives. All your points appeared negative, at least to me. Informing someone about a topic shouldn’t include biases.

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