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Downside of Digital Technology – Part 1

Yes, you heard that right. Digital technology can have disadvantages too. While everyone knows about the obvious ones like the security and privacy concerns, social disconnect etc., let us jog down to some of the less discussed but equally dangerous ones.

Second-hand Living


People are increasingly disconnecting from experiencing real life events directly. Sample this – music concerts or live shows are videoed on mobile phones, events are photographed, audio is recorded and themedia is uploaded onto social sites in a jiffy. Life becomes something that is experienced through the prism of digital media rather than at first hand.

Organization and Storage

It can get difficult to organize digital media. For example, photos and music can be located on numerous devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and portable hard drives. Individual items can be hard to find and easy to accidentally delete or lose. Further, the device they are stored on can be lost, stolen, or suffer a catastrophic malfunction. Digital media can be difficult to store and maintain long-term. File formats change over time. In some instances, traditional media can last longer than their digital equivalent.

Depersonalized Warfare

Digital technology means that weapons can be deployed anywhere in the world without any human military presence. Drones turn war into a computer game,intercontinental missiles follow streets and landmarks in foreign countries remotely,satellites photograph and video from space – the threats are always looming large.

Interesting, right? Keep watching this space to know more about such disadvantages of digital technology that are taking an upper hand with each passing day and cannot be overlooked anymore.

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