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Technology is more of a boon than a bane to society. Do you agree?

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10 points

Yes, I do agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.Technology has evolved over the years and revolutionized our lives.There are many types of technology like information technology, biotechnology and medical technology. One of the most influential technologies is medical technology.

Medical technology is the application of science and technology to improve the management of health conditions.It has contributed greatly to the society as it can save lives and increase chances for patients to survive their ordeal. Technology in the medical field has allowed individuals with chronic illness to have productive and healthier lives. These individuals can now lead independent lives without any need for physical, emotional and financial support. Advanced medical aids also enables patients to continue recovery at home reducing their hospital stay and at the same time saving money on hospital bills.

An example of medical technology that has benefited lives is the treatment for of cardiovascular disease, the use of coronary stents - artificial tubes used in cases of coronary heart disease to keep the arteries open – have halved the number of those dying from heart attacks or suffering from heart failure. Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – a small device implanted for those at risk of sudden cardiac death – now have a 98% chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, compared to only 5% without the implantable device. In addition, the minimally-invasive surgical techniques which are now used to treat aneurysms can mean a recovery time of around four weeks, compared to over a year for older procedures.

Hence, all in all, medical technology plays a vital role in allowing people to remain valuable and contributing members of the society. Thus i shall end off by reiterating my stand that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

Source of evidence: http://www.eucomed.org/medical-technology/value-benefits

2 years ago | Side: Yes
Jolly(58) Disputed
1 point

You only mentioned the right side of the "technology" coin: what about all what you ignored? I do not think this theme to be too complicated to be discussed on a web-site, but surely if you had to mantain an idea about technology you should have, at least, taken into account all the aspects; only secondly, you would analyse the one you prefer, in order to be the more objective possible. This is a criticism i could elaborate to anyone on this debate, and more generally, on this site. It lacks in reasoning, in fact most people answer questions without having fully understood the answer, emphasysing the favourite aspect of technology, ingoring the others. What about the technology used by armies, and nations? And, not to be so drastic, do you really think internet and whatever medical technology are totally "good"? It all improves humanity? Why? Simply because it helps us to live longer? Baudelaire, unfortunately famous exclusively for his poems, once said why should we all live longer? Why telephones, telegraphs? This question has even more sense if you wonder about the conditions in which we all live today: we ignore ourselves, often we kill, we exploit eachother. But we are all proud to have discovered the cure to a specific disease: oh that's right the point. We all needed it.

2 years ago | Side: No
8 points

I agree that technology is more of boon than a bane as it offers many different advantages and disadvantages. It depends on how a person uses the technology that is being given to the user and how the user puts the technology to proper use.

Example of technology includes social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. People can also advertise for their business on such sites as many people uses them and it will attract attention from the users from that sites. People also can connect with their friends locally or globally on such social networking sites as they are easily accessible via smartphones or computers that are widely used. By using this site users can add friends that they know and they can also share about things that are happening or updating their statuses. Thus the friend that they add will be able to read and get the latest information on what their friends are doing.

With this, i conclude that technology is more of a boon than a bane if it is placed on proper uses.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Good examples have been given, Soon Ann! :) However, you need to make your topic sentence clearer. Instead of saying 'an example of technology,' you first need to say that technology comes in many forms and social media is one. From there, you can zoom in to the advantages of social networking sites.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
Micmacmoc(2188) Disputed
2 points

"It depends on how a person uses the technology that is being given to the user and how the user puts the technology to proper use."

Yes, and a lot of the time technology is not used responsibly. Technology has allowed for there to be a platform for cyber bullying, it has been a way for people to conspire against authorities (the London Riots were organised through social networking sites such as Facebook), and it has been a way for people to cheat others out of money from online gambling, hacking, etc.

"share about things that are happening or updating their statuses"

This may be the aim for social networking sites, but if I click on 'news feed' I am greeted by pages of spam: people sharing 'liking' links, adding pictures of themselves and then saying "ooh, I look horrible" (it's just ridiculous; I wonder what goes on in their minds). I find that technology, when it comes to social networking, is the most annoying thing in the world besides my sister. Facebook and other social networking sites are often subject to bad language, and cyber bullying, something that nobody is really a fan of.

"Site users can add friends"

I don't think that friends who are made online, or whose relationship is sustained online, are real friends. How can they be if your relationship is on a screen? What quality time is built into a relationship with "love ya 4evr! BFFs!"?

"With this, i conclude that technology is more of a boon than a bane if it is placed on proper uses"

And it isn't always, as I have mentioned in previous examples.

2 years ago | Side: No
soonann(8) Disputed
2 points

"I find that technology, when it comes to social networking, is the most annoying thing in the world besides my sister. Facebook and other social networking sites are often subject to bad language, and cyber bullying, something that nobody is really a fan of."

As i have said, it is about how the user is going to use the technology. If you thing that such social networking sites are the most annoying thing in the world, why not you just not use them? People can use them for many different reasons for example, business advertising, sharing photos, statuses. So it is still up to how you are going to use it.

how is your sister linked to this? Do you think that everyone debating here knows her? Then how are we going to know that she is annoying?

"Facebook and other social networking sites are often subject to bad language, and cyber bullying, something that nobody is really a fan of."

This is one bad example of how a person can make use of a social networking site by using it to cyber bully others. It is up to ones choice how he/she wants to use it.

"I don't think that friends who are made online, or whose relationship is sustained online, are real friends. How can they be if your relationship is on a screen? What quality time is built into a relationship with "love ya 4evr! BFFs!"?"

That is your point of view. People like me, use Facebook and Twitter to connect with other friends that have graduated from my previous schools and we still have a strong bond between us although everything is just on a computer screen. Quality time can be also used to built a friendship with what you have said, "love ya 4evr! BFFs!" such statements can make me feel heartwarming as my friends are caring for me, even with such simple statements.

"And it isn't always, as I have mentioned in previous examples."

It is up to oneself. How a person use it.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
qianyukoh(14) Disputed
1 point

I disagree with your argument. Hence, I would like to offer my rebuttal to your point to prove that technology is NOT more of a boon than a bane to society.

First of all, you have failed to clearly define the term "technology". There are several different definitions of "technology" found on the Internet. These are a few of the many definitions available:

1) The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science. (Dictionary.com)

2) The study and knowledge of the practical, especially industrial, use of scientific discoveries. (Cambridge Dictionaries Online)

Without providing a clear definition of "technology", all your arguments that prove that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society might no longer be sound as you fail to be specific. Hence, I have every reason to believe that your argument is invalid.

In addition, you stated that online technology (social networking sites) helps the world to connect. You mentioned that people can make use of social networking sites to do business by advertising, or socialise by interacting with friends both locally and globally, adding them to your circle of friends. Thus, "the friend that they add will be able to read and get the latest information on what their friends are doing". (Quoted directly from argument). I have to point out that you have no evidence to prove that what you stated is from an updated, credible, or even existing source.

Apart from that, technology makes people "overly-exposed" to the public, making them vulnerable to the public.

Consumer Reports in America surveyed 2,002 online households, including 1,340 that are active on Facebook. According to the survey, people have a tendency to share too much about their lives on their Wall, Timeline or whatever Facebook interface they prefer. "Consumer Reports" reports that 4.8 million people mentioned on Facebook where they are going on a certain day. This is as good as inviting a burglar to your house as you just announced that you are going to be away; or telling a robber where is the most convenient place you could be robbed, by telling him where you would be. Another 13 million users left the privacy controls on Facebook completely unchanged, or did not even know that they existed. 10 to 15 per cent of users also set their profile to "public," meaning everything they post is accessible to the public instead of restricted to their friends. (CBC News)

Without a doubt, online technology like social networking sites has certainly allowed users to "connect" with their friends in order to keep in touch. However, because of this, users want to share as much information on the sites as possible, posting a lot of personal data. This makes users of social networking sites become vulnerable to strangers and the public. In simpler words, they become "overly-exposed".

All in all, I believe that technology is NOT more of a boon than a bane to society, as it overly exposes users of online technology to the public, making them vulnerable. Hence, I would like to reiterate that the motion "Technology is more of a boon than a bane to society" shall fall!

2 years ago | Side: No
7 points

I agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane. Technology refers to the study, development, and application of devices, machines, and techniques for manufacturing and productive processes. therefore there are many divisions which fall into the category of technology. Medical technology, biotechnology are some examples, but this is merely scratching the surface.

I have chosen to use the educational sector as proof that technology is indeed a blessing to society. Educational technology applies to the development, application, and evaluation of systems and techniques for improving the process of human learning. Educational technology includes but is not limited to software, hardware, and Internet applications and activities.

I will now move on to my main point. I believe educational technology opens up more opportunities for students.

Such technology allows teachers and students to access and to be able to work with a range of authentic materials and updated information regardless of their circumstances, financial or geographical. Data, collections and even connections of the world's best schools and universities are just a click away. Students are then equipped with more resources and are therefore able to have a better understanding of their lessons and subjects. With these benefits made available through technology, no student is deterred from learning from the best and what the world has to offer.

Some people have already realised this benefit of technology. In an article from the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation posted in 2010, the department of education in the Department of Education launched a programme that provided laptops for students in the Philippines. Mr Ryan Letada, eKindling executive director, said the One Laptop Per Child(OLPC) programme is a non-profit, worldwide project that aims to create educational opportunities for the children in less developed regions of the world by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. He stated that "when children have access to this type of tool, they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create and collaborate."

"They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future," Letada explained. The project has also launched in Uganda, Madagascar, Nepal and many more.

This shows just how much impact technology has made, how much it can do to make a difference in the world. Therefore, I agree that technology is a boon to society as it gives not only more opportunities, but also gives people from all corners of the globe equal opportunities in education.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
6 points

In my opinion,I agree to technology being more of a boon than a bane in society.In the first place,technology was created and developed so that life would be made easier for us.It has indeed made our life easy,comfortable,simple and luxurious.Technology has gifted mankind with various boon but I feel that technology have blessed mankind with two very important aspects-facility of communication and creation of time.(Point)

Facility of communication

Creation of phones,fax,paging services,video conferencing are examples of a few communciation facility that the human mind has been able to conveice with the aid of technology.All these have made any parts of the world easily assesable with the internet.Technology has ensured that one can communiciate with anyone on land,in air or under the sea.(Elaboration+Evidence)

Create of time

With computers,it can do more things at less time with its ability to save time and human efforts.Its ability to work on data and to reach the logical end of a particular task is priceless.But however,they are programmed by humans and do not have their own personal thinking.They would then not be able to do things that only humans can do and be given other tasks.Therefore,in the modern world people juggle more tasks and responsibilties at the same time of being efficent and productive.They would then be needed to multi task.(Elaboration+Evidence)

Rebuttal

This is where the disadvantage part of technology comes.When multi-tasking,it deprives a human being from enjoying his task because he no longer focusses on the task at hand but rather focusses on the process of juggling many tasks at the same time.Such an activity also leads to unneccesary stress.Stress is the bane of technology.With computers doing most of the things,unemployment occurs.(Elaboration+Evidence)

With all these evidences,I can conclude that technology is more of a boon than a bane.(Link)

2 years ago | Side: Yes
5 points

I agree that technology is more useful than harmful. Technology has helped our world evolved into one much more efficient than the past. One of the greatest inventions of technology is the computer. The computer has influenced us in one way or another, be it researching for school projects, or using social networking sites. Social networking sites have recently become very popular as people can connect with one another easily. This allow people from around the world to communicate with one another effortlessly, hence helping people to save money on long distance calls or flying to another country to have a business meeting. As a teenager, my parents limit my phone bills; hence by using Facebook, it allows me to communicate with my friends for free, hence preventing my phone bills from exceeding. All in all, technology has helped us all more than in one way, hence I think that technology is more of a boon than bane.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
4 points

I feel that technology is more of a boon than a bane to the society. It indeed help us, humans in a lot of ways. Whether it is for our social life or business life. We have to say that technology is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. it is so powerful and it actually shapes our thinking and our way of life. Technology is a tool invented and after that, developed well by humans to make their life easier.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
4 points

Yes, i agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society. Technology has improved drastically over the past few years. There are many types of technology such as technology in the medical field, communication field and many more. Technology has indeed brought about many advantages to us, especially in the communication field.

In the past, the only form of communication was mail delivery. As compared to how we communicate these days, be it by messaging, email or by phone, it is much slower, inefficient and also unreliable as letters my be misplaced or lost in the process of delivery. Mails sent out take very long to reach the recipient. Thus, for urgent matters, the message would not be able to be conveyed quickly. As technology has been improving, the cost of communication has also been decreasing.

For example, nowadays, when communicating with technology, you can deliver data to your customer or employee anywhere, through your smart phones or tabs. In addition, with the high quality digital still and cameras available, you can provide pictures or video very quickly and in very high resolutions. Also, with technology, you can have live video conversations with many people in many countries using simple web-cams, and a teleconference service. This is definitely much more efficient and less expensive than flying all involved parties to a central location to meet.

Hence, i strongly agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society as it has brought about efficiency,reliability, and also convenience to the society.

Supporting Evidence: Source: (smallbusiness.chron.com)
2 years ago | Side: Yes
4 points

Handphones

Handphones have given us many uses that brought us convenience. It has evolved from large handphones with antenna to the modern sleek, pocket sized touch screen phones we have today. In the past, phones are purely built for communication, only having a numberpad and display bit now, a load of other functions have been crammed in such as cameras, internet, dictionarys, memos, recording device and weather forcast. This has helped us save time and energy like not having to bring a camera along but instead .

It is true that handphones can sometimes be a negative impact as it can be a distracton to students and play games on their phones while studying, but with the appropriate use it can be a huge help to humankind.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Computers

I think that technology is more of a boon because of its functions. Ever since computers were invented, humankind is able to work faster, increasing their output. Like the software Microsoft Office, it allows people to organize their work or also create presentations with information, better than just a oral presentation with somewhat inaccurate drawings.

It has made our lifes easier by helping us save time and effort, such as social media, allowing business men to advertise products etc. rather than having people walk the streets wearing a banner. Also another software that has changed the way we use the computer is adobe photoshop. It helps us to clean up photos, create special effects.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Firstly, I agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane since technology makes everything convenient, quicker and even more efficient cutting working time.

Imagine that if without the help of technology we could not make use of the efficiency of mobile phones and computer. Imagine having the need to send letters to people from overseas. How long it would take, whereas we could easily send an email with just a click and some finger-work in minutes, or even seconds.

What happens if you need to contact someone urgently and you do not have a mobile phone or computer? Almost 60% of the world population from a recent survey,says that they could not live without mobile phones which is a fact in this modern world. This show the independence of technology our generation have. Although technology may have some bane, it's much less significant towards the boon.

Thus i conclude that technology serves more than just benefits but also an advantage that we all need.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Technology is more of a boon than a bane as technology helps us in many ways, from cooking food everyday to watching news on the television. Nowadays technology also helps people to communicate better and faster by using handphones or email. People also can use social networking sites to 'meet up' with other people so they can do work faster and more efficiently. Statistics show that 31% of people living in US in 2007 are already 'elite tech users', which means that they have a lot of gadgets and subscribes to many services. These people frequently participate in social networking sites and expresses themselves via blogs. In contrast, the number of people who are 'off the network' and don't have cell phones or internet connectivity is only 15%. This means that most people in US have access to technology, and most people think that it is a good thing than a bad thing.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Yes, i agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane. Without technology, there would not be cars, television, or even this online debate website. Technology bring easy access to humans as we people can order fastfood, buy branded clothes and send emails, which is much faster and cheaper than sending letters. According to the Internet World Stats people, 2267233742 people are using the Internet right now. Some of them may be watching their favourite shows for entertainment, watching educational videos to learn or picking what kind of burger to order. Without internet, they would have to buy books to learn and go to the restaurant itself to order, which is troublesome. Therefore, i feel that technology is more of a boon than a bane. <:

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

I personally think that technology is more than a boon than bane to the society.. Technology can allows us to socialize better using online networking sites like facebook and twitter.. Communicating is easier nowadays when technology is more advance.. Compared to decades ago, people nowadays use email instead of 'snail mail' in the past..

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

I agree that the technology is a boon, first being young adults are using the internet to earning income. Be it posting videos on Youtube or advertising their product or service on the web. By developing an application for be it a phone or computer, they would be able to earn thousands or even millions of dollars just by doing so. Thus boosting the economy of the world. Therefore I agree with the motion.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

I think that the development of technology has indeed benefited the society that we live in right now. The development of technology refers to the many items we use in our daily lives being updated and being upgraded everyday. Without technology, we could still be using hot charcoal to heat up our iron and we might still be using our hands to wash our clothes (even though some of us still use it). But now, all these processes have been replaced by newer, better and more efficient irons and washing machines. Technology has benefited us in so many ways. Another one of these ways is the invention of the computer and the Internet. With the computer, writing out our homework is a thing of the past. Doing our tests in school have also become a thing of the past. Without the advancement and constant upgrading of technology, so many of these convenient and time-saving methods would not be possible. Hence, I truly think that technology is more of an advantage compared to a disadvantage. Thank you :)

2 years ago | Side: Yes
fajju(1) Clarified
1 point

please can you clarify your point . I do not agree with you . technology has made man lazier .

354 days ago | Side: Yes
3 points

I agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society. Without technology, the society will not have cars, televisions, internet and more!

However, technology has created lots of social networking portals. For instance, the Facebook. FAcebook is a popular portal whereby students, parent, working population use. With the Facebook, we are able to see other people what really is feeling today or trying to say. With over 500 million users, Facebook is now used by 1 in every 13 people on earth, with over 250 million of them (over 50%) who log in every day. So,I agreee that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society as we are able to meet new friends and know the latest news of the world. Also, we are able to let out our unhappiness on Facebook.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
ShiTing(3) Disputed
1 point

It is true that cars is more convenient for people, be it students, teachers or even the elderly, as it is way easier to travel than taking and squeezing in a train every morning or evening ; televisions to entertain us ; Internet to be able to socialize easier. However, to think from a naturalist's view, all these are actually very harmful to the environment, and even, to us. Cars produce a lot of harmful gases that contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As these greenhouse gases increase continuously without us humans doing anything to maintain it at a constant level, there will be an increase in the Earth's overall temperature, causing global warming. As for televisions and internet, they do help us get out mind of stressful work, but they use up a lot of electricity. Most electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. This produces carbon dioxide and other emissions that add to the greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. To conclude, global warming can be really harmful to the society as it really baneful to a person's health. Thus, I strongly disagree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

In this case, I'll treat the word 'society' as 'a body of individuals living as members of a community'.

2 years ago | Side: No
ShiTing(3) Disputed
1 point

It is true that cars is more convenient for people, be it students, teachers or even the elderly, as it is way easier to travel than taking and squeezing in a train every morning or evening ; televisions to entertain us ; Internet to be able to socialize easier. However, to think from a naturalist's view, all these are actually very harmful to the environment, and even, to us. Cars produce a lot of harmful gases that contribute to the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As these greenhouse gases increase continuously without us humans doing anything to maintain it at a constant level, there will be an increase in the Earth's overall temperature, causing global warming. As for televisions and internet, they do help us get out mind of stressful work, but they use up a lot of electricity. Most electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. This produces carbon dioxide and other emissions that add to the greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. To conclude, global warming can be really harmful to the society as it really baneful to a person's health. Thus, I strongly disagree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

In this case, I'll treat the word 'society' as 'a body of individuals living as members of a community'.

2 years ago | Side: No
JieLing2E3(9) Disputed
1 point

Thank you for stating your main point here. However, I do not agree with what you had stated. So what if technology enables us to have access to the internet and social networking platforms? When you go onto social networking platforms, you only communicate with the people ONLINE. Relationships are created online and you will often neglect your friends and families in real life. This will lead to the rise of communication problems in real life with your friends and families or when you meet new friends. According to recent research, non-internet users spend 12.6 more minutes on average to do social activities like going out with friends or attending social events. However, internet users spend 34.3 minutes less than non-internet users with families and friends. Besides that, according to another article by http://mashable.com, 39% of the people worldwide spend more time socializing online than face to face, 20% prefer texting or communicating online to face to face and 33% are more likely to speak to someone new online than in person. Therefore, I really do not agree with technology being a boon more than a bane. This motion should not stand. Thank You.

2 years ago | Side: No
3 points

I agree that technology is more than a boon than a bane to society. Technology has helped the society in more ways than one. It helped us make our work easier, faster and more efficient. For example, we used to send letters in the past. it takes up alot of time and takes very long to be delivered to the adresse and it is also much more expensive if you want to send to other countries or even within your own country. Now, technology has created the modern handphones we are using now, and when we want to send something to another person, it costs less than sending letters, and the messages can be delivered to the person no matter how far the person is and they can get it in only a few seconds time.It saves time and also costs less.

Also, we can use mobile phones now to go to the internet to pay the bills, surf the internet anywhere or anytime. 86% of mobile users are watching TV while using a mobile phone, 200+ million (1/3 of all users) access Facebook from a mobile device and 91% of all mobile internet use is “social” related. Handphones had helped us stay "connected" to each other even when they do not see each other so it saves the trouble of going out to meet each other everytime they have something to say to each other. So i agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

To begin with, technology is improving the lives of humans. Before there was technology, people passed on early; at the age of forty-five to fifty-five and illnesses were left without cure, before the 21st century. Based on a research, "...combined male-female life expectancy at birth is unlikely to exceed 90 years in the 21st century without scientific advances". However, with the progress of technology, life expectancy of humans steadily increased to the age of eighty to ninety or even more. Cures for diseases and illness in the past are now found and are still improving. In addition, even with incurable diseases, life expectancy still remains high due to the existence of technology. "In developing countries where bacterial diseases are still prevalent, the average life span is often constrained to about 45-55 years. On the other hand, in more developed countries where chronic diseases have taken over as the main causes of death, the average life expectancy usually reaches at least seventy years. " With this, I can conclude that technology is more of a boon than a bane to the society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Technology is more of a boon than a bane to society, but only when used in the right ways. Things such as medical technology and communication are examples of technology being used in the right way.

The advancement of medical technology has helped saved many lives. Chemotherapy can help cure cancer by reducing the amount of cancerous cells, more and more premature babies are surviving, surgery is now more precise and without medicine, many people would die from diseases we think are minor. In the case of communication, we are now able to interact with people all over the world, all from the comfort of our homes. Due to this, we are more connected to the world. People also have more access to knowledge. Have a question? Google it. It's almost a sure thing that what you want to know is there. Also, use of online resources for educational purposes helps make learning easier.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
3 points

Technology has helped improve the society in various ways. There are many types of technologies existing in today's world. One such technology that affects the society's well being directly is Forensic Technology.

Forensic technology has been advancing at accelerating rate in the past few decades.Before the invention of many advanced Crime Scene Investigation Equipment, solving a crime such as murder or theft and finding the culprit was near impossible. This was not because no clues were left at the crime scene, but rather because investigators had no way to analyse evidence thoroughly. Even evidence such as blood samples or hair left at the crime scene had a limit as to how far it could take the investigators through the case.

However, now, with all the technological advancements the world has seen in this field, investigators are able to nab criminals in a much shorter amount of time. Sure, there are still cases that take long to solve, but if that same crime scene had surfaced a decade or two ago, investigators would have been left completely clueless. In fact, Forensic Investigators now are even able to solve cases that took place years ago with the help of new equipment, that are able to accurately analyse even year old samples of evidence.

One such case investigators have solved is the BTK Killler case. BTK was the name a serial killer, Dennis Rader, gave himself when he started his killing spree. BTK stood for Bind, Torture, Kill, three words that accurately describe his method of excecuting the murder. He is from Wichita, Kansas, the place most, if not all, of his murders took place between 1974 and 1991. He had a true criminal mind and left no evidence for the investigators. No evidence, except a letter with 'BTK' written at the bottom. No matter how hard investigators tried, they did not go far with the few evidences they got, including semen samples from rape BTK's rape victims and skin under victims' fingernails. As BTK's murders slowly died down, investigation came to a dead end and by 2004, the case had gone cold. However, forensic investigators never gave up and with the help of advanved forensic equipment, managed to solve the case and bring the culprit into the light. They had tested many of the evidences including the fingernail scrapings along with various other DNA tests to confirm the killer. BTK then pled guilty on June 27, 2005. Until the culprit was found, the society was threatened. The tchnological advancements were what helped to solve this case.

Hence, by lowering crime rates, Forensic Tachnology has been a boon to society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
0 points

This explains why technology is important.

Using the technology for tracking culprits are a good example of an advantage.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Technology is more of a boon than a bane to the society. In this modern 21st Century, everybody is making use of technology to do work. Nevertheless for business, socialisation or for school assignments. Without technlogy, nearly everything wiill not be able to function properly or people will not be able to do work efficiently or to their convenience. Technology is seen everywhere, television, radio, phones, computers. We make use of televisions, radios etc for broadcasts and advertisements. In times for emergencies, announcements are made over televisons and radios. Imagine technology didnt exist at that point of time, emergency evacuations or situations, people will not be informed as quickly as manpower and time will be needed and used to get the messages across. By the time the people get to know about it, it might be already too late. Evidence is that, In the recent news, On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated in the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, triggering explosions and meltdowns and causing about 160,000 people to flee the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. The Japanese authorities failed to disclopse the U.S data about the spread of radiation.If technology didnt fail at that point of time, more people might have kjnown about the radiation and have saved their own lives. Thus, technology is more of a boon than a bane.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

I agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society. Technology has many advantages and therefore helps us in many ways. One example is the Internet. Nowadays, people rely on the Internet a lot because it is very useful to us. The Internet provides some of the most effective means of communication. Emails and MSN have made online communication possible. Social networking and blogging websites help people to voice out their point of view and release stress.People in different parts of the world can communicate through the Internet. They can exchange views, share information and work together over the Internet. It was the development of the Internet that made online education and distance learning possible. Therefore i agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

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2 years ago | Side: Yes
DerrickXD(2) Disputed
0 points

No i dont think so... People will rely more on the internet! they will be too lazy to think a.

2 years ago | Side: No
sherylljx Clarified
1 point

No i don't agree. People may rely more on the internet but by using the internet, they would learn new things as well. Nowadays, computer professionals have high pays as the number of internet users are very high. People relying more on the internet may be an advantage too. :)

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Technology offers many advantages than disadvantages. It has made our life easy, comfortable, simple and luxurious. Technology is supporting human so much that now a person can work from his home. It has helped a lot in uniting people. In fact with the help of internet the world has just turned in to a global village. Technology doesn’t make man. Man makes technology. Hence, it depends on the use we employ it. Nuclear energy is indeed destructive. However if we use it constructively its great boon. Rocket Science has many peaceful uses for space exploration & kind. But if harnessed for war purposes it’s bound to be destructive. Similarly Tv & Internet has its own plus & minus side. If human mind tilts towards destructive uses then we can’t take technology itself at fault. But I feel that this technology is more boon than bane.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
7uh6o(1) Disputed
2 points

It will be both.

most things in life are not all good or all bad. Like most other things, technology in the future will be both, depending on application, person suing/programming, benefits, etc.

consider atomic power, for instance.

as nuclear power for electricity, it is definitely good. as an atomic weapon, it can be used to cause terrible destruction.

For every weapon of death and destruction we've invented, we've come up with a thousand ways to boost food production, increase access to personal fulfillment, save lives, and simply to amuse ourselves. On the whole, technology has been a boon for almost as long as we've existed.

Let me ask you this: can you imagine going back to a mode of existence before technology? Before we even had clothes, or spears? Before fire and language? All of these things were inventions, and if you can't imagine even living without what we have now (much less comfortably), then you'll have to agree that technology is too valuable to ever give up.

That said, it has it's downsides. Recently, technological progress has led to a deterioration of our resources. The ability of technology to adapt to hostile conditions is being strained in the face of the effect we're having on the environment. It's entirely possible that some technological breakthrough will allow us to survive without relying on our earth exclusively, but it's a race of the boon vs. the bane, and the finish line is getting awfully close.

2 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Technology nowadays also helps to reduce global warming and other ecological problems as now we know more aboutwhat helps and what doesn't. Computers can generate data and we can also learn more about it and thus we can help to reduce such problems. Technology also helps people to learn more about their surroundings. For example, if you don't know what is the definition of something or want to know the answer to a question, you can easily Google it and get many possible answers in less than a minute, compared to slowly combing through the library just to get the book and slowly do research on it.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Yes I agree.There are many types of technology in the world that we uses everyday. Like the computer, phones, airplanes, washing machines etc. Without them, lives would be much more difficult. Imagine, without washing machines, how much more time will be wasted to wash it with hands? Almost everyone has a hand phone now to contact people in Singapore and even around the world. Without technology, there will be no social networking sites. Research has shown that social networking allow us to expand our circle, communicate with one another, advertise and even find a job. Despite the fact that computers and handphones which are used to connect to social networking sites spoil a person's eyes and have radiation, it did help people a lot in a way or another. 76% of the people using technology for entertainment. Without technology life would be so boring and less fun.Everyone would want to work lesser by using technology. In conclusion, without technology we would need to work much more harder and have lesser entertainment in lives.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Technology is more of a boon than a bane to the society. Technology was created to help us in a way. It is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. It is a tool invented and sharpened by humans to make their life easier and people cant leave without it.

For example, there are social networking sites like facebook. Statistics shows that there are now 845 million active users on facebook.

This shows that technology is more of an advantage as there are many people using it to socialise.

Therefore, technogy is more a boon than a bane to the society

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

I believe that technology is more of a boon than a bane in society. This is because technology has helped us in a lot of things that we might not be able to do on our own. In medical technology, therapies such as chemotherapy helps to remove the cancer cell in a cancer stricken person allowing them a chance of survival. All this would have been impossible in the past as this type of technology has not been invented then.

There are also other technology provides us with convinience such as the smartphone. With the smartphone, we are able to have access to the internet anywhere we go and we are also able to check our email when necessary. In the past we would have to wait until we reached home before we are able to check our emails.

Technology is also in the food industry where the people are able to ensure that the food we eat contains no harmful chemicals, hence preventing us from harmful diseases. Without this technology, the food that we eat might contain harmful chemicals that could harm us.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

First of all, I feel that technology is more of a boon than bane. It has brought to us many convenience and has made our life easier, more comfortable, simple and luxurious. Not only computers and social networking sites, but also other inventions. For example: air-conditions, refridgerators, television and more. In addition, we can also use technology everywhere, like handphones. We can bring it anywhere we want to and it has also been a very convenient tool for us to have easier communication with our friends and families. Unlike in the past when there are still no technology or advanced technology, people have to write letters to people who are far away from them like overseas, and it would also take a very long time for the letters to arrive at the destination. But with technology now, we can simply chat with someone overseas or someone in the same country on the internet. Moreover, we can save the trouble in finding the person we want to talk to and just call them or send them a message.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
JamieOng(3) Clarified
1 point

However, a global study found 61% of the surveyed kept their phones in their bedroom and they were 60% more likely to wake up and check at night. Therefore, many smartphone addicts may show symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings or behaviors.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

Technology has helped us in many ways. An example of how technology has helped us is the invention of light bulbs, which is created by Thomas Edison. The invention of light bulbs brought light into our livesby allowing us to have light wherever we want, whenever we need. People now can stay up at night to work on their things anywhere they want with ease without worrying that they do not have light to help them see. This also allow us to work efficiently as the light can be used as an extended 'day' and we have more time to do more work.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
JoeyTeo(2) Disputed
1 point

However, without the invention of light bulbs by Thomas Edison, people could still 'survive' the night with the help of candle lights. Candles can be lighted easily and in the past, the nights are cold and windy, heat from the candles can be used to keep a person warm and has many uses. I do not agree that ''People now can stay up at night to work on their things anywhere they want with ease without worrying that they do not have light to help them see." What if the bulb fuses suddenly? People would still panic. People would have no choice but to leave their work undone or to the extend of having to light a candle just so they can finish their work. Did you know that "Fluorescent bulbs of any kind contains mercury. Mercury builds up in the environment, especially in lakes and rivers. It is a nerve poison that can do bad things to fish and to the creatures that eat them, from loons to people mainly central nervous system damage." Although this only shows that some light bulbs are harmful, it does not mean that the others are not. With the improvement of technology, people or even animals can still get hurt from technology and hence, i can conclude that technology is more of a bane than a boon.

2 years ago | Side: No
1 point

I feel that technology is more of a boon than a bane. There are many types of technology in the world. For example, there are television, cars, bicycles, the internet and many more.

In the 21st century, you rarely see workers writing a proposal by hand anymore. We have printers and computers. All we have to do it to type it down, then print it. Colleagues can even discuss their thoughts on the issue via email. Television is also another type of technology. You do not have to buy the newspaper anymore. All you have to do is to turn on the telly to the news channel.

Technology has also helped the astronauts. People have travelled to the moon and many different planets with the help of more advanced technology and Science. Another type of technology that is a boon is the CERN which provides particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research for example, the Higgs Boson, also know known as the God particle. The theory is that after the Big Bang, no particle had mass. However, any particle that interacted with the Higgs Boson was given a mass. Now, a group of scientist at CERN are dedicated to re-discovering the Higgs Boson.

Many may argue that technology is a bane as teenagers will spend all their time on the internet gaming or they will spend all their time on their handphone playing games. However, teenagers should learn to control the use of their time. Everyone has 24 hours, everyone has the responsibility and choice of how they spend their time. Technology has nothing to do with the irresponsibility of others.

2 years ago | Side: Yes

although technology could be a bane to some extent, but one must not ignore the significance of technology in the medical field... for instance,, just because of technology , one can get to know what has happened to his bone using x ray .... what i have written is a basic example , though you can imagine yourself what technology , in actual, has contributed in various fields...

2 years ago | Side: Yes

The creation and development of technology is man's natural instincts to evolve put into action. Why do we develop technology if we don't naturally believe that it assists us in evolving? Because it's not just a belief, it is a natural programing that says 'do this because it's good'.

It's overall effects are notwithstanding and irrelevant. We are better then we were the day before. Civilization has risen and fallen several times, but technology has always remained the developing constant, slowly and surely decreasing our chances of dying, one new piece of knowledge at a time.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

Smart phones

Technology is more of a boon than a bane. The invention of smart phones have brought convenience into our lives.There are many uses for our smartphones. We can use it as our alarm for people who need to rely on something to wake up, send out information via messages to inform others about some urgent information, and conveniently, we can connect to the internet. The internet is free and fast which allow us to easily get any information we need. By connecting onto the internet, we can gather worldwide information about what is the hottest news at another country and what new discoveries are found without needing to spend the time to go down to the market to buy a newspaper to find out. We can also simply find most of our answers to our questions online without needing to trouble ourselves to travel all the way to the library to find out. Furthermore, the smart phones are portable and we can use them anywhere we want, whenever we need it. According to recent surveys, 83% of the US people who uses smartphones find them useful and convenient. This shows that smart phones, being a part of technology, is more of a boon than a bane.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

I agree that technology is more of a boon than bane.Technology has both its pros and cons.Those who use it correctly will be able to make their lives easier for themselves and to the benefits of others.

For example a worried mum with his son overseas can simply see each other just by video calling each other.There's no need to mail letters which require a long period of time to be delivered.However if u use social networking site like facebook/twitter you can send it in the nick of time and chat with each other in real time.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

I agree that technology is more of a boon than bane.Technology has both its pros and cons.Those who use it correctly will be able to make their lives easier for themselves and to the benefits of others.

For example a worried mum with his son overseas can simply see each other just by video calling each other.There's no need to mail letters which require a long period of time to be delivered.However if u use social networking site like facebook/twitter you can send it in the nick of time and chat with each other in real time.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

Many people tend to blame the technology, which has made people to look like annoying. Aren’t you feeling like this? Technology has its pros and cons, where we are choosers to make our choice to make technology a boon.

Modern life has been made easier with technology, but for every development, there is an equivalent increase in complication that seems to compensate those benefits. When contemporary day problems occur, we usually don’t have the time or power to figure out how to solve them and what to do with them. Here I am going to give you a guide, which can help you certain extent to solve modern problems that have aroused by technology.

When it comes to computer, the internet is the phenomenal invention of all time, where we can find anything and everything on the go. And also, there is a potential of frustration on it to find suitable things in at a given period of time

Supporting Evidence: Technology changes (4.bp.blogspot.com)
2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

Those who say its a bane are people who live in caves and eat wolly mammoth for breakfast.

1 year ago | Side: Yes
1 point

we cannot live without electricity nor can we survive the whole day without knowing whether which is the latest Gadget in use which would benefit the driver of an automobile to drive safely and at the same time work on his immediate assignment at hand. Basically, we need TECHNOLOGY and we are a big part of it already. We live, strive and thrive on computers, data base online, communication network, and the latest gadgets

Technology today has given us both Nuclear weapon and Medicines that could cure the unthinkable of pain and diseases. It has given us a better opportunity to preach and teach knowledge to those less privileged, those who cannot hear or see or speak and understand their language and be one and at the same time it has made it possible to grow in millions and preach out freedom to one.

Technology creates options. Options lead to confusion. A man getting into a crowded bus will sit on any available seat. The same man in an empty bus will wonder whether he should sit in the front or back, window or aisle….Err why I am even talking about all this. Without technology there wouldn’t be buses!!! Options besides creating confusion also create conflict. Technology creates wants, wants and more wants. The moment you satisfy few of them, many more raise their hydra head.

In conclusion, we think that Technology is a must. It’s a Boon and it will stay so forever. Without it we could not have had this debate. We would not realize that it is possible to go beyond the age of 90 and still be fit and healthy. Technology has given that to us today

201 days ago | Side: Yes
12 points

No, I do not agree. I feel that technology is actually more of a bane than boon to society. Technology refers to the study and knowledge of the practical, especially industrial, use of scientific discoveries. While many people do not believe so, technology actually has negative impacts to that affect society, in which one of them is nuclear technology.

The use of nuclear technology can lead to social unrest. Nuclear technology is technology that involves the reactions of atomic nuclei. Nuclear weapons can destroy a city in mere seconds with just a blast, fire or radiation, making it a very powerful military weapon. However, the storage of nuclear waste is the negative bit. Even after nuclear waste is treated, it is still highly radioactive. It needs to be stored somehwere, preferably deeply underground. Still, it remains highly dangerous as the radioactive material can cause many health and evironmental risks. Since governments have to find a way to store the waste, they reward authorities or organisations that help store the radioactive nuclear waste, without the knowledge of the citizens. Citizens living near the radioactive waste then suffer from burns, cancers or even death after being regularly exposed the radio active material.

An example would be Dounreay nuclear power station in Scotland. The government says the plans for nuclear burial sites amount to offering "bribes" to communities. This resulted in many unhappy citizens, feeling that they were being treated unfairly due to the exposure to radioactive materia. This resulted in protests, demonstrations and even riots.

To this day, the use of nuclear technology is still not supported by many people. Technology may have many positive impacts on society, but without a doubt, we have to agree that it has its negative impacts too. I would like to put foward my point once again, emphasising that I disagree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

2 years ago | Side: No
Jaslyn(3) Disputed
5 points

From a positive aspect, utilizing nuclear energy is clean without emission of harmful gases. Therefore, energy obtained from nuclear reactions is much more superior to fossil fuels that have been dominated in the world. Furthermore, another remarked advantage of nuclear energy is its capacity of creating a massive amount of energy from only a very little bit of chemical substances. This feature becomes valuable when natural resources is getting exhausted. This nuclear technology can be served as a defensive weapon in times of war as the nuclear weapons are weapons of destruction. Mankind accidents can be prevented. Leaks from nuclear plants that will bring harm to the residents living near are all Man's fault. All this can be prevented from happening if we humans take preventive measures to stop this from happening. Measures like forbidding residents from living near the nuclear plant area can also be taken. These will prevent harm to the people if they are not allowed to live near there. With regards to the incident in Scotland, if those unhappy citizens feel that they are being treated unfairly due to the exposure to radioactive material, they should have brought it up peacefully and maybe the government would have implemented a policy or plan to have those residents living near to move to another place using some monetary compensation. All over the world, nuclear technology is being used by number of countries. Nuclear technology have alot of advantages such as little amount of carbon emissions and thus contribution to global warming is reduced. This benefit also allow humans to be able to generate a high amount of electrical energy from a single plant. Hence, I would like to rebut against that nuclear technology have advantages that overpower the disadvantages like damages to environmental and human health as they can be prevented by measures taken by humans. Thus, i disagree that technology is more of a bane than a boon to society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
philberthan(3) Disputed
3 points

Upon reading your explanations on your point of view about the debate topic, I would like to offer my rebuttals against it. Firstly, your definition of the term 'technology' is unreliable and thus cannot be used to explicitly define this commonly used term to the general public. According to www.dictionary.com, technology refers to the study and use of applied science. Whereas, your definition on the term 'technology' indicates the application of knowledge especially to industrial; which is not true as technology is a broad, general application of knowledge to many different areas of society and not just to the industry sector.

Moving on, you stated that the use of nuclear technology lead to social unrest. It is not true. You have only look at the disadvantages nuclear technology brings and not look at nuclear technology as a whole.

Indeed, it is true that nuclear technology is dangerous as they can result to the making of powerful military weapons that cannot be treated as toys and if landed on the wrong hands, would lead to severe consequences that might be too late to regret. Or the fact that the storage of nuclear waste can cause many health and environmental risks due to the high amount of radiation it contains. I agree to your implication on the degree of seriousness the consequences in taking such a risk like allowing nuclear technology to the society might result to.Then, you might ask why bother taking such a risk when we are living in a developed era with other alternatives for nuclear energy? Well, my explanation to you is the advantages that nuclear technology brings.

The utilization of nuclear energy is clean without emission of harmful gases. Therefore, energy obtained from nuclear reactions is far from superior to fossil fuels that have been dominating in the world. At this point of time, with ozone depletion and global warming, along with another environmental problems we are facing, at stake, it is essential to replace fossil fuels with nuclear energy so as to slow or prevent the consequences of undesirable situations from happening. Furthermore, another remarked advantages of nuclear energy is its capacity of creating a massive amount of energy from only a very little bit of chemical substance. This feature becomes valuable when natural resources is getting exhausted. All in all, nuclear technology is energy efficient and is currently the best energy resource we should look to.

I would like to rebut against your use on how the storage of nuclear waste is one of the negative impacts nuclear technology brings to society. Although it is highly radioactive and can cause many environmental and health risks, such as burns, cancers or even death to citizens living near these radioactive wastes;first and foremost, all these can be prevented through the example of US's method of disposing them.

The US government 's solution to disposing nuclear waste safely is to store them in a rural, outcast place away from the human population so that the environment won't be contaminated. Although it does not stop the problem completely, it reduces it to the minimum and is currently the best available method. However, this method cannot be used in countries which suffers from land scarcity, like Singapore, therefore these countries shouldn't use nuclear energy to prevent people from suffering from radiation exposure.

To conclude, I feel that technology benefits the society in various ways but it only becomes a harm to society when misused by users. Thus, dependent on its users, technology can be either a bane or a boon to the society. With all these explanations and evidences, I do not agree to your point of view on the debate topic as the benefits outweighed the disadvantages.

Supporting Evidence: Definition of technology (dictionary.reference.com)
2 years ago | Side: Yes
8 points

I do not agree with 'Technology being more of a boon than a bane'. Once, a Christian writer named Chad Estham had said "Don't text my heart'. This phrase simply meant to say that the keypads and keyboards are becoming the keys to our heart as more relationships are only being built online or through the use of mobile phones. True, technology provides a way of communication and enables us to update ourselves on what us going on in the world, but there are also many disadvantages of technology. It makes today's youths' real life interactions lesser and have a negative effect on the social abilities of them. Technology enables us to stay entertained like using Facebook, watch tv shows and clips on Youtube or playing games. However, the relationships are only created online and we have lesser in person frienships in real life. According to recent research, non-internet users spend 12.6 more minutes on average to do social activities like going out with friends or attending social events. However, internet users spend 34.3 minutes less than non-internet users with families and friends. I believe that relationships can be built online, but what about in real life? Do one only maintain their relationships online but neglect their real life relationships? Online relationships are also very dangerous as you might never know the person on the other side of the chat. Thus, I think that technology is more of a bane than a boon. This motion should not stand!

2 years ago | Side: No
Thengs(6) Disputed
6 points

You only mentioned about online technology. How about washing machines, mobile phones, fans, etc? Washing machines allow less rivers to be polluted as people would not need to share water which might be used millions of times for washing. There are many different aspect for it, thus you cannot judge something with just one point of view. One have to look at it from many different views in order to achieve a less bias result. Therefore, this reason might be correct, but there are more which can rebut over it.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
1 point

Agreed . Technology does not mean it refers to ONLY online technology. What has been stated from Thengs is totally true. These technology has helped us in a lot of ways.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
philberthan(3) Disputed
2 points

Upon reading your explanations on your point of view about the debate topic, I would like to offer my rebuttals against it. Firstly, you state that the development of technology in providing us a facility of communication only makes youths nowadays interact with each other lesser, affecting their social abilities negatively. I do not agree with your point of view. Are you implementing that by using social networking sites like Facebook, more often, it would affect one's social abilities negatively? It is not true. One can still be socially outward in real life despite being on the Internet for a long period of time, vice versa. In simpler terms, the affect that technology brings to the society as a facility of communication is dependent on the users themselves and cannot be pushed the blame of people not being sociable in reality.

Moving on, after stating about how technology as a facility of communication affects one's sociability, you mentioned about the benefits technology brings as an entertainment source for us. Then, you moved on to online relationship. There is absolutely no link between technology being an entertainment source and it causing online relationships. Therefore, I can conclude that there is a lack of clarity in explanation and some contradictions while explaining. In regards to that, to add on, you stated that by having online relationships, we would have lesser reality relationships. It is not true. Are you trying to say that if you have an online relationship, you would have lesser friends in reality? The explanation is biased and cannot be used to elaborate your main point on online relationships.

Indeed, I agree that online relationships can be dangerous because of not knowing who is actually on the other side of the chat, but all these are preventable. When received friend requests, it is our duty to ensure that these are the actual person according to their profiles, sending us the request and not somebody else. Our caution could be beneficial to our safety in the future as prevention is the best cure.

To sum up, I feel that your point of view on the debate topic should not stand as my stand is stronger than yours.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
5 points

I disagree with 'Technology is more of a boon than a bane to society'. I feel that technology makes life more complex. The increase in transportation technology has brought stressful traffic congestion in some areas. New forms of danger existing as a consequence of innovative forms of technology, new types of nuclear reactors, unforeseen genetic mutations as the result of genetic engineering, or perhaps something more subtle which can destroy the ozone or warm the planet. New forms of entertainment, such as video games and internet access could have possible social effects on areas such as academic performance. Creates new diseases and disorders such as obesity, laziness and a loss of personality. People can easily invade privacy and infringe copy rights. It makes part of people over concentrate on computering, then lost of friendly and face to face communication chance. Bad for eye watching if over look for long time. People will also lose their jobs to machines that will do the work for them.

2 years ago | Side: No
Terryyeng(1) Disputed
2 points

if you say that, then if are you using the computer to debate since you said it is a bane?

2 years ago | Side: Yes
7uh6o(1) Disputed
3 points

It will be both.

most things in life are not all good or all bad. Like most other things, technology in the future will be both, depending on application, person suing/programming, benefits, etc.

consider atomic power, for instance.

as nuclear power for electricity, it is definitely good. as an atomic weapon, it can be used to cause terrible destruction.

For every weapon of death and destruction we've invented, we've come up with a thousand ways to boost food production, increase access to personal fulfillment, save lives, and simply to amuse ourselves. On the whole, technology has been a boon for almost as long as we've existed.

Let me ask you this: can you imagine going back to a mode of existance before technology? Before we even had clothes, or spears? Before fire and language? All of these things were inventions, and if you can't imagine even living without what we have now (much less comfortably), then you'll have to agree that technology is too valuable to ever give up.

That said, it has it's downsides. Recently, technological progress has led to a deterioration of our resources. The ability of technology to adapt to hostile conditions is being strained in the face of the effect we're having on the environment. It's entirely possible that some technological breakthrough will allow us to survive without relying on our earth exclusively, but it's a race of the boon vs. the bane, and the finish line is getting awfully close.

2 years ago | Side: No
4 points

Technology is more of a bane. Nowadays kids and go on the computer all day. People tend to forget how to do things for themselves, even using a calculator just to do simple math that you could easily write down and figure out. Instead of doing it ourselves and excising our mind, we will juz use a calculator. While technology is great and helpful and a HUGE part of modern society if one day it failed, we'd go into chaos. No bank, no super information highway, no radio, no computer, no telephone, our missiles and dangerous things like that would be compromised. If you haven't, watch the movie Wall-E. In there you will see how they portray how the future of people might behave if we all had such sophisticated technology we'd grow fat and ride around in chairs. :D

2 years ago | Side: No
AviEla(2) Disputed
3 points

I feel that what you are saying is only half correct. You are now already mentioning all the different kinds of technology around us, and how it helps us. I feel that the world will not go into chaos if technology fails us. For example, during the 1960s banks hand-wrote the money that they kept in locked up using old-fashioned key locks. They did not have ATMs during that time, nor did they have credit cards or cash cards. However, they were able to cope. This shows that things will work slower than usual and people would be fustrated as we are used to speed and convenience. If there were no highway, again, things would work slower and people would be fustrated. The same goes for the telephone. We would just have to find a different and presumably slower way to communicate. This just shows how much we depend on technology and we live fast-paced lives because of it. As for kids using the computer, it is all about responsibility and how we manage our time.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
Natalie98(2) Disputed
2 points

Technology is not all that bad. In Wall-E, you see robots portrayed as helpers who clean up our planet. Do you realize that without technology, robots would not exist? It is with the advancement and progression of technology that has produced these end-products or what we call high tech gadgets. With all these high tech gadgets, life becomes easier and people have more time for things like family bonding. Like this, ties between people improve. Hence, I have reason to believe the technology is an advantage to society rather than a disadvantage.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
4 points

I feel that technology is more of a bane than a boon to society. Technology has been an essential need in our modern life. Technology has been used in many different ways, for example organising management and even education. Technology has indeed made our life easier. However, people have been extremely dependent on technology that has caused laziness in humans. Humans just want to get their jobs done fast so that they have more time for rest. In the olden days, when people were bored, they would go outdoors to spend their leisure time. However in this generation, when we tend to spend our leisure time listening to music, chat with friends on the mobile phone and even gaming with video consoles. This would affect their daily lifestyles and characteristics.

2 years ago | Side: No
Thengs(6) Disputed
3 points

Since you said that it is a essential need in our modern life why is it more of a bane? Listening to music, chat with friends on the mobile phone and gaming with video consoles are forms of relaxation which allows one to rest from all the busy schedules in life. People get to communicate with one another more easily and there is more entertainment in life. Going outdoors to spend their leisure time, but Singapore is so small, one would not want to kept going out to the same place over and over again, as time passes by they would get bored of the place they are going. So how is this better when there are much more entertainment? Moreover, there are many more technology not only entertainment side. Thus, I disagree as it did not cover everything regarding technology.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
JamieOng(3) Disputed
3 points

It is an essential need in our modern life, but people are getting overly dependent on them that results to the laziness and 'want to get things done fast' attitude. Also, too much of gaming will lead to some serious and unhealthy situation for example addiction. Not only gaming, television also causes unhealthy situations. A recent news stated that a child psychiatrist had many cases of children who suffer from panic attacks and invariably all of them are hooked to a late-night thriller serial and go to their parents complaining of their fear to go to the bathroom alone at night. Therefore i disagree to your statement and strongly think that technology is a bane to the society.

2 years ago | Side: No
Qiaolin(2) Disputed
2 points

You did not state your evidence. It may be that only a small percentage of the society does this. Technology helps us do things faster but it does not make us lazier. It just makes our lives simpler. Technology helps us do things faster but it does not cause laziness. It is our choice whether to be lazy or not. Like you said, it is during our leisure time, it doesn't affect us negatively as we are doing it in our leisure time. If we only do this when we are in our leisure time, it doesn't affect our work or our studies at all. In the older times, they lived close to each other and is allowed to go out and play all the time. Now, we are living further away from each other and we have difficulty meeting and finding a time where both parties are free and their parents might not necessary allow them to go out all the time. So meeting online and playing games together or chatting on the phone is how they stay connected each other when they are far apart or do not see each other. So i think that it is more of a boon than a bane.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
4 points

I agree that even though the invention of technology is of great use to mankind, there are indeed many cons to this too. I feel that technology is more of a bane to the society.

Eversince the creation of technology, in this case, the social media and internet,

many people have been facing all sorts of different problems. I will be talking more about the different negative impacts of social networking sites.

A social networking site can be defined as an online platform or site, that focuses on building or reflecting of social relations among people. It is also the use of websites or other online technologies to communicate with people and share information and resources with the use of online profiling. Social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter vary slightly, however, one common feature is that these social networking sites have a platform where they allow users to create online profiles. This feature allows people to create an online profile to represent themselves in that particular social platform. By creating this profile, users will be able to communicate with another user through direct messages, commenting, posting a status or emailing. The creation of a social networking site can bring together many users as they join this platform varied reasons. Today, there are more than 500 million active users on Facebook and users spend over 700 billion minutes per month on this social networking site (Facebook, 2011 statistics).

I will be arguing that social networking site will have a larger negative influence on users, with the increased ease of identity theft and also the drecease in workplace productivity.

Identity theft pose as a huge problem in today's society and comes about after the creation of the very modern, social media. The availability of internet technology then comes about. In fact, "A total of 806,000 Australians aged 15 years and over were victims of at least on incident of personal fraud in identity theft in 2008" (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). Sites such as Facebook and Myspace, they encourage users to "edit your profile" which includes: personal details like phone number, address, relationship status and even our own personal interest. The availability of this information to the public will then ease the identity theft.

2 years ago | Side: No
inaesteban72(5) Disputed
4 points

I disagree. For one thing, social media is actually a boon to society.

For instance, LinkedIn is a website that, similar to Facebook, not only helps people make connections but also provides opportunities or even new jobs. No doubt that posting personal information (resume/Curriculum Vitae) is a prerequisite when joining such social media networks. However, it depends on the level of confidentiality preferred by the user.

Also, there are many ways to prevent identity theft such as adjusting privacy settings, using strong passwords and changing them regularly. There are even identity fraud protection products that can be purchased according to CPP Group Plc (a British-based life assistance company).

That is why some sites, like Facebook, have age requirements to discourage minors from joining as they have a lower level of maturity and are therefore unaware of the consequences. As users have control over what they reveal in cyberspace, it is therefore their responsibility to protect their own privacy. Hence, such problems that you say are caused by social media can actually be resolved and therefore does not reinforce your stand that technology is a bane to society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
EdenLau(3) Disputed
4 points

I have to disagree to your above argument.

No doubt that the level of confidentiality is set by the user, however, most of the times, people do not know that the default settings of most social networking site is on "available to the public" which means, that even people we do not know, can see the personal information we wrote. Being that unaware of the default settings, creators of the profile will not bother to change the settings. Identity fraud in this case, is whereby people with awful motives, stalk a particular person on the site and records down all the information stated. The person will then be able to create new profile with all the personal information such as the name, address, workplace, relationship status and birthday. With all the information, it will ease identity fraud when a person attempts to claim as the real owner of the identity. With a profile of another person, "fake" owners will be able to sabotage the real owner of the profile. Whether it is through cyber bullying or even a minor thing like commenting on a photo.

Although sites like Facebook do have age requirements (In which in this case is the age of 13), minors tend to fake an age just to be able to sign up into the social networking site. Facebook, have games that children love: Pet Society, Restaurant City. Once they find out from their older sibling or an adult that there is such a website that have such games, most of the time they will want to create their own profile and start playing the games. Meanwhile, being unaware of the dangers and consequences of not being mature enough to handle their own online profile. This hence does not discourage children to join the social platform.

In conclusion, your rebuttal is not strongly reinforced and I still stand with technology is a bane to the society.

2 years ago | Side: No
4 points

I do not agree that technology is more of a boon or bane to society. Yes, technology can help us in many things in life. However, advancement of computer games and handphones can cause a person to isolate himself/herself from their family and friends, and even death. Advancement inthis sense is defined as more computer games and handphone games. When people are addicted to a game, they neglect their own health because they spend too much time on the electronic devices and when it becomes a habit, they end up being too lazy to exercise outdoors. Not only that, people "take up" their sleeping time just to continue playing computer games or handphone games. We know that sleeping late like 2-3am or even 4-5am in the morning can really be harmful to a person's health. From recent article, a 25 year old teenager died out of the blue due to poor health-sleeping late at night and not exercising. In addition, their meals are irregular. These are all bad to one's health. Technology can improve our lives in certain ways, but resulting in death can be really serious. I believe that technology is more of a bane than boon in society.

2 years ago | Side: No
arshvini(13) Disputed
3 points

I disagree that advancements in technology is the main reason for people being addicted to a game and isolating themselves.No doubt that technology may lead people into playing games. However, playing games is meant to be a form of relaxation when a person wants to relieve their stress or just wants to be occupied when they are alone instead of being bored.

A person only becomes addicted to these games when they do not have control over how long they are being exposed to them . It is only when a person exceeds the suggested time limit to play games that we can say the person is addicted to games. Moreover, there are time management lessons that are conducted in schools nowadays to curb this problem of addiction. Furthermore, we cannot say that technology causes addiction but it is rather how much one invests in their ‘24 hours-a-day’ timetable towards these advancements that causes people to be addicted to this technology. Hence, just because more new games are being introduced as technology advances, we cannot entirely foretake that to be a reason why people are addicted to them.

Next, you have stated that people are getting less sleep because they choose to sacrifice their sleep in order to play games. Yes I do agree that having less sleep is bad for our health but not all users/gamers are sleeping late due to technology. There are many other contributing factors to why people, including gamers are getting less sleep. Some of them may be working late hours while others may be stressed over office and school work, hence being deprived of their sleep. They might also be having irregular meals which also results in poor health.Moreover, it is still a gamer's personal choice how long he/she wants to play games for, which results them in having less sleep. Regardless of what other reasons, except gaming all night long, that they have, their health is still deteriorating.Hence, one should not put all the accusations on video games and the technological advancements in that field. Besides, the evidence that you used to show that less sleep leads to death is quite vague. Your evidence only states that, ‘From recent article, a 25 year old teenager died out of the blue due to poor health-sleeping late at night and not exercising.’. However, it does not strongly support your point that technology advancements and addiction causes people to have less sleep which may result in death.The evidence only states that the teenager died due to poor health - sleeping late and not exercising which does not seem to relate to technology. Hence, your evidence can also mean otherwise, that less sleep, which may be caused by stress and working late hours (like what I have stated above) can also cause death.

Thus, to summarize, your reasoning and quoted examples do not strongly support your point that technology is more of a bane than a boon to the society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
JinYee(2) Disputed
2 points

I disagree to your argument. Hence, I would like to rebut your point that technology is more of a bane than a boon to society.

Firstly, I think your evidence is irrelevant to the point that you are trying to state. In your point, you state that “advancement of computer games and handphones can cause a person to isolate himself/herself from their families and friends and even death.” However, in your evidence, you state that “A 25 year old teenager died out of blue to poor health-sleeping late at night”. What do you mean by poor health-sleeping? Stress? Playing computer games until late at night? Homework? Poor health-sleeping may not be the consequence of playing too much computer and handphone games. There are other factors that may be the causes for it. Furthermore, a 25 year old person is not a teenager anymore; hence I can conclude that your evidence is unreliable.

Secondly, this is one of the points that prove maybe technology is more of a bane than a boon to society. We cannot just based on this point and deduce that indeed technology is more a bane than a boon to the society. Should we overlook the benefits that technology brings to the society? I believe there are more benefits that technology brings to the society than disadvantages.

Thirdly, advancement of computer games and handphones games may not be a bad thing. There are also educational games that allow us to learn more about a certain topic through the game. There are students who dread of boring and long lessons, hence they do not pay much attention to the lesson in school. Instead, they are able to use these fun and interesting educational games to learn more about it. Computer games may be perceived more as promoters of mayhem than serious subject matter, but they have the potential to teach children rich content, critical academic skills for literacy and math learning, and the kinds of creative thinking and processes needed for later success, according to a new report. This evidence is from http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2009/06/23/04games.02.html. Therfore, computer games may not be a bane to society as it can also help to enrich us with crtitical thinking skils and more.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
weishanoh(2) Disputed
2 points

I disagree to your point that advancement of technology causes people to become addicted to playing games and isolating themselves from others. People can play games when they are stressed, tired or lonely. Thus, laying computer or hand phone games has become a form of entertainment or relaxation to occupy the individual or to help less release their stress.

No doubt the advancement of technology may cause people to be addicted, but this is only applicable to those who do not have self-control and discipline. Regarding this, there are many time management courses or counseling sessions held in schools or community clubs to help these people with their addiction in games. besides, u have stated in your argument that people tend to sacrifice their sleep in order to play more games. I strongly disagree with this statement as not all people sleep late because they stay up to play games. They may sleep late due to various reasons such as being stressed up in school or at work, or having financial problems so that they are not able to get to sleep or having a irregular diet which leads to their health deteriorating.

Besides,, your evidence is definitely not reliable as the definition of the term 'teenager', as of dictionary.com, is a young adult between the age of 13 and 19. In your evidence, it is stated as '25 year old teenager' and thus is not suitable in this context. Also, you stated that, '. From recent article, a 25 year old teenager died out of the blue due to poor health-sleeping late at night and not exercising.' This does not state that he died due to playing too much of computer games. Thus, this statement does not relate to your topic of advancements of technology lets them be addicted to the games, causing death. Other reasons like not having a regular diet can also lead to death.

All in all, your point and your evidence does not strongly support that technology is more of a bane than a boon to society.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Technology is both good and bad.

Most things in life are not all good or all bad. Like most other things, technology in the future will be both, depending on application or person.

2 years ago | Side: No
IrisCYL(10) Disputed
8 points

but your argument does not say whether technology is a boon or a bane. It's just a generic statement...

2 years ago | Side: No
LimWenYa(3) Disputed
3 points

What you are stating here is not answering to the question. Furthermore, it says 'Do you agree'. This shows that you can either agree or disagree with the staement.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
2 points

Well technology is amazing in general. Without the technology we have today many lives would've been lost. With advanced technology hospitals have been able to find cures to most diseases. They're currently working on a cure for cancer! Also we have a lot of internet sources for information. Kids need this to help with school projects/reports. Yes there are some people who use the internet as a place to get obsessed with gaming but an hour or so isn't so bad if you have some done some good work that day. So overall its not a boon

2 years ago | Side: No
2 points

Technology was discovered for the sole purpose of human development but today it is considered as a setback by many environmentalists. I think the basic problem is that, that when technology gets in the wrong hand, the results can be dangerous and can simultaneously have negative impact on the sustainability of human race. At the same time its adverse effect on society can hardly be ignored. Cyber-crimes, hacking, stealing of personal information, MMS scandals, illegal pornography and various other issues have emerged from the misuse of technology. The abuse of technology for economic interest is equally responsible.

The major reason for increase in violence is the advancement in the production of arms and ammunitions, bombs, bio-chemical and nuclear weapons, which gave security and insecurity to different countries but at the same time brought violence both internal and between nations. Increase in pollution has resulted from technological advancement which has degraded our environment and has polluted our water bodies to a great extent.

1 year ago | Side: No
2 points

It has not only spoiled our lifestyle but has equally affected the length and quality of our life. The truth is that science and technology has laid an extensive burden on irreplaceable resources and though it has increased human potential, it has subsequently reduced human limits.

Read more at http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2012/07/technology-a-boon-or-a-curse/#BJqzK3XtB4HFAdrD.99

1 year ago | Side: No
1 point

EXCUSE ME

AS I HAVE RESEARCHED TECHNOLOGY IS BOTH BOON AND BANE

BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE IN OUR SOCIETY TECHNOLOGY HELPS PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR WORK EASY AND ALSO IT CAN GIVE US STRESS WHEN WE ABUSED IT!!>

1 year ago | Side: No
1 point

i believe that technology (a boon) can help people to make their work easier but i conclude that its a bane. for example a computer we dont know that, thet kind of technology can affect to our health. yes it is useful but it can caused us to death.

1 year ago | Side: No
1 point

We are not using technology the right way these days. If we were using it right, 1) we would build things in a way that would make reuse of components and materials easy, 2) we would have an industry that is a benefit, not a burden, to the biosphere, and 3) we would gain our energy from sensible sources.

Endless growth is impossible with our current designs, but it is not if we fundamentally changed the way we make things. It is not impossible to make these changes. Therefore technology is more of a bane than a boon to society, but only because of the way we using our technology. The fact of the matter is that we could make an economically, morally and rationally sound 180 degree turn, that wouldn't even reduce our living standards in any objectionable way.

1 year ago | Side: No
1 point

Its just already part of our living, so without it, maybe we are not able to cope of everything.

Supporting Evidence: mens gifts (www.shoppingformen.com.au)
274 days ago | Side: No
0 points

I do not agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane to society.

Before our generations, people without technology also lives happily. If one compares, the number of children who wear spectacles from the 1960s-1970s is much lesser than the children who wear spectacles now. Due to technology, children and teenagers are more dependent on computers. There are also online games and this will cause children or teenagers to be too excessive with gaming. Children are too obsess with computer games and are more lazy to go out. Once they do not know a word, composition and other things that teacher give as homework, they will just check it up online. This will cause them to be more lazy in thinking and rely on the computer more and more. There is also the invention of calculators. People rely on them a lot! Even schools allow calculators nowadays! This will cause people's brains to be lazier! Eventually, they will not know how to do their mental sums.

With the help of technology, factories are also creating more things BUT the chemicals released are very poisonous. Releasing into the air and the water resulting in air and water pullution! This will harm aquatic animals and people who breathe in the poisonous air will have all kinds all diseases.

Technology now rules us! In the morning when one wakes up in the morning, they will hear the alarm clock ringing. The mobile phone also rang and when one goes for school or work, they will be going on public transports, tapping their EZ-link cards on the scanner. Our whole lives are ruled by technology! Technology,Technology and more Technology! This is really not good!

People in a past also can live with not much technology and they may be much healthier than people nowadays! Therefore I conclude that technology is more of a bane than a boon to society!

2 years ago | Side: No
Archana98(2) Disputed
4 points

Sure, the generations before us did survive without so much of technological advancements. However, when comparing today's world to a world that existed decades ago, there are quite a few issues to consider.

Firstly, even though our previous generations saw lesser children using spectacles, one should not put the blame solely on technological advancements. If we did not have so much of technological advancements, for example, if computers did not exist, most children would still spend their time reading, and what guarantee is there to ensure that too much reading would not result in deteriorated vision in children? In this case, one could make an equally illogical statement that books are as harmful as computers and video games.

Next, undoubtedly, people in the past did live contently without much technology, but today's world and it's people are far more different. The world, in today's context, is a much more competitive and fast moving environment where TIME IS MONEY. Hence, efficiency in our daily lives has certainly become a necessity. It is due to this reason that we have had to substitute roosters with alarm clocks, coins with EZ-link cards and page-long mathematical workings with calculators. It is also no doubt that today, many people are dependent on computers. However, thinking from a more practical perspective, would you rather type out an email, send it within seconds and receive a reply almost immediately, or would you post a letter that would take days, weeks, or even months to reach the recipient, who would then post back a reply that would take no shorter to reach you?Also,I do not see why looking up the meaning of a word in an online dictionary is a deed to be frowned upon. Same logic of the email and letter here; would you rather know the meaning of a word in mere seconds or would you spend much more time flipping the dictionary page by page to get to know a word's meaning? This logic applies in every other situation in today's world, especially in the working world. This is why schools educate students on the use of calculators and computer softwares, because these skills have, inevitably, become the tools of a good and efficient worker and these skills are necessary to keep up with the competitive pace of today's world.

Hence, I feel that although the previous generations have proved that technology is not something one cannot live without, times have changed rapidly. In fact, they have changed so rapidly that technology has now become a daily necessity in everyone's life.

Therefore, in conclusion, I do not feel that technology has become more of a bane than a boon to society.

:)

2 years ago | Side: Yes
soonann(8) Disputed
3 points

Althought you do not agree that technology is more of a boon than a bane, but it also depends on how one uses technology. You stated that there are more children that wear spectacles than the old time but i do not agree. As people who need to wear spectacles do not practise proper eye care habit. Thus resulting in their eye sight to degrade.

2 years ago | Side: Yes
jordonwoon(2) Disputed
3 points

At' technology now rules us', I do not think that it is true as it helps us with the convince tapping our EZ-link cards helps with the convenience so that we do not have to bring coins but just a card. The mobile phone ringing is one of the advantage of the phone as it helps us to not be late for any event without the invention of such technologys, people will then be upset and request for an upgrade of such technologys. Its true that people can live without technology but however we could not be efficient and do things in speed and simply convinience

2 years ago | Side: Yes
krysbeat(1) Disputed
1 point

If you feel that technology is ruling our and your lives......why do you own a computer ? and the past only was not as challenging as today's life and there was no such competition to stay at the top. but in todays modern world no one can even think of being in the past

316 days ago | Side: Yes


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