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How does technology affect society?

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Technology affects society both positively and negatively by simultaneously connecting people and reducing face-to-face social interaction. For example, relatives who live far apart can connect via social media platforms, email and video chat, but neighbors may interact through text messages instead of talking in person.

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How does technology affect society?
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One way technology has negatively affected society is in the spread of online bullying. Cell phones allow people to post pictures and personal information online that is hurtful and harmful to others, and Internet users are able to leave negative comments anonymously. Technology has also made comments and images permanent. If one person says something online, it is irreversible and can potentially be accessed by anyone forever.

Aside from these negative aspects, technology has greatly improved the way information is delivered. Anyone with an Internet connection can access virtually any kind of information quickly. Furthermore, technology has improved the diagnoses and treatment of a number of medical conditions. For example, online support groups and informational articles help people learn about their symptoms and get help.

Technology has even revolutionized the way people meet and engage in relationships. For example, online dating has become increasingly popular in recent years. It can be argued that online dating is the result of people increasingly communicating via technology instead of in person.

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