Our lives are closely influenced by the technology around us. Technology has become such an integral part of our life that even if they want to escape it would be difficult to do so. So much so that even the basic profession like carpentry has been influenced by the technological developments. There is no doubt the technology has played a great role in improvising our lives and it continues to do so with constant development. However, the same technology, which has made the world a much smaller place, has also been responsible for the isolation of an individual in the society.
Every technological innovation has its own positives and negatives; no technological innovation has been without its own share of accidents. The technology has made the human life better it also continues to create unpleasant situations. An Expressway, which was designed to provide more road space for the cars, can also be the reason for the cohesion of more than 200 cars in less than 10 minutes. The invention of mobile phone has made instant communication possible regardless of the distances but it has also been the cause for isolation as there is no incentive to human to travel to meet another individual.
[...] The Japanese believe that cooperation and harmony among all members of a group is more important than an individual's desire to put his or her interests above all others. In North America, there is an extreme form of individualism and an emphasis on one's rights. In Japan, each individual is important, however, he or she is not an isolated being. Each individual is a member of a team, whether a family, an office, a neighborhood, a community, or the country. [...]
[...] With the advent of feminism, women became a driving force in the workplace causing more and more double income families. This development has had a profound effect on the socialization of the family unit. Children are taken to daycare nearly all day while one or both parents work outside of the home. No longer do neighbors go out of their way to help one another and there are very few hardships to overcome of the scale seen in the past. [...]
[...] At each stop, we will compare a historical society to a present day society and prove that the risk of isolation is growing more pervasive with each technological advance. Perhaps the greatest example of togetherness while faced with isolation can be found in the Pioneers of this country and other countries. During the time of the pioneers, those who chose to explore the uncivilized reaches of this country found themselves relying solely on their family for support. A case in point is the family of Laura Ingalls Wilder. [...]
[...] Women would be assigned individual tasks of working in the gardens or preparing food. In 1932 Great Change” or reorganization came about. This is when the people of Amana abandoned the communal way of life. There were numerous reasons to change the structure of the business and social system. There had been a disastrous fire in 1923, which destroyed the flour and woolen mills in Amana, causing substantial loss of capital. Young people were leaving the community in order to find better jobs and get a higher education marked the third year of the Great Depression orders for woolen goods and farm items were being canceled. [...]
[...] The table below shows how the activities of Americans have changed in a short 30-year time span. With the advent of technology, our free time has increased yet Americans have spent less time interacting with others and more time watching television or pursuing solo interests. Mr. Florida goes on to state, “Another curious reversal is apparent. Generally, the active sports most popular with the masses in the early and mid-1900s were competitive, highly structured game sports. Working Class neighborhoods then were full of bowling leagues whose passing is so lamented by Robert Putnam; and they were also full of amateur baseball teams and sandlot football teams, boxing gyms and public swimming pools. [...]
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