As technology becomes more and more advanced, developments are being made in the world faster than ever. The question is, are these changes more beneficial or detrimental? These modern advancements are in no way one hundred percent beneficial, but they have, truly, improved the quality of people’s lives. Some examples would be: machine-made instruments after the industrial revolution, the invention of the light bulb and the computer.
The first reason that modern advancements have improved the quality of people’s lives is machines, which standardized the quality of products. For instance, take instruments as an example. Before the industrial revolution, instruments were handmade by craftsmen, which caused the instruments to be lower in quality. For example, the saxophone; every time a craftsman made a saxophone, the length of the horn or the size of the key may vary, causing an ugly dissonance when the instruments play together. After industrialization, the shapes and sizes of the instruments were standardized, and the instruments could play in tune better. Because music plays a big part in modern day culture, from providing background music for singers to therapeutic instrumentals, this change has highly improved the qualities of our lives.
Another point to backup how modern advancements have improved our lives is the invention of the light bulb, which has made lives more convenient. Before light bulbs were invented, people used candles as their source of light. With the invention of light bulbs, people stopped using candles, and therefore minimized the danger of causing a fire. Light bulbs also enabled people to work any day of the week at all hours; they can work indoors when the sun is not up or when it is pouring rain outside. Imagine life without light bulbs! With the invention of light bulbs, less fire accidents have happened and people can work all hours.
The last modern advancement to be discussed is the computer and Internet, which have improved our lives by making research and communication much easier. Before computers were invented, research had to be done by sifting through countless books to find information, and sourcing had to be done by hand, which is a waste of time. Now, research can be done by a few simple clicks and a few simple keywords, with websites that help make bibliographies. Communication has also been made easy by computers. Different ways of communicating overseas have evolved quite a lot, from the early telegrams to long distance phone calls, but the cheapest way is through a computer; Skype, MSN, Instant Message etc. Computers really have improved our lives by making communication and research easier.
Even though modern advancements do have their disadvantages, we cannot ignore the fact that they have, in fact, improved our lives quite a lot. These new innovations give us convenience: better instruments that are easier to tune, light bulb that allows us to work anytime of the day, and computers that make communication and research so much easier. Perhaps we can live without these modern advancements, but imagine how inconvenient life would be without them.
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