Modern technology has revolutionized the way people all over the world communicate and interact. This revolution has led to a system of globalization which has fundamentally changed modern society in both good and bad ways.
The most important technological change over the past 20 years is the advent and popularization of the Internet. The Internet connects billions of people around the globe and allows a type of connectivity in ways which the world has never seen. Companies are able to do business with consumers from other countries instantaneously, friends and families are able to talk to one another and see each other regardless of location, and information sits at the fingertips of every person with a computer, tablet or phone.
Outside of the digital world, modern advances in machinery and science have also impacted everyday life. The modernization of travel has allowed humans to span more miles in their lifetime than at any point in history, and the advancement of medicine has given people longer lifespans.
While these changes have certainly been for the better, there are also plenty of negative results of modernization and globalization. Because the Internet streamlines massive amounts of information, it can easily be exploited. The loss of privacy is one of the most pressing issues in the modern world.
Technology has also had an impact on the natural world. Industrialization has led to the destruction of natural life and has possibly caused negative effects on our climate.