How does technology affects our life in Nigeria? This is an intriguing question but I know you are well familiar with the word “Technology” and, you have been enjoying most of its benefits around or within your vibes.
Technology play some very vital roles in our life. It affects our life both positively and negatively but how?
In this article, am going to tell you top 15 Ways technology affects our daily. Am sure you would have noticed or experience them either previously or presently.
But for you to get the full scope of this article, I will advice you to get either a couching chair or any convenient seat, grab a cup of warm coffee or chill soft drinks and let ride on.
What is Technology?
According to Wikipedia, Technology is refers to as the science of craft.
The word “Technology” can be trace back to have gotten its source from Greek words “τέχνη or, techne” which basically means the “art, skill, cunning of hand“; and “λογία or, logia” which is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation.
Technology came from Greek words which is originally Techne + logia
When I was in high school, the term Technology was defined by my then instructor as the cultural tradition of human development which makes us to use our skills for the development of our community. – That’s just high school definition but, technology is not just development of our traditional skills but, it combines with sciences and discoveries.
Albert Einstein said, the sciences of today is tomorrow technologies.
wikipedia further said technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings.
Since you have now know one or two things added to what you previously know or felt about technology, let drift quickly into the main topic.
15 Ways That Technology Affects Our Daily Life in Nigeria
I will split this into two categories. Why? Because Technology affects our life both positively and of course, negatively. Here we go!
Positive Effects of Technology on Our Life in Nigeria
==> 1. Communication & Social interactions
How does technology affects our life through communication & social interactions?
Back in the primitive age, where the very means of communication and interactions was through any or most of the following:-
* Fire Lighting:- This means of communication was often used to trace a lost person in the jungle. For instance, if Mr. Jims is a stranger in Mr. Patt’s farm, but unknowingly, Mr Jims lost his way to the right destination in the jungle, but instead of Mr. Patt to keep searching for his lost friend or shouting his name at the highest echo of his sound, he will just have to make a Fire Camp which will be gulfing out heavy Smoke.
Mr Jims on seeing this will trace it back to its source and hey! Mr Jims has been found.
Modern Refinement: If it’s during this era of advanced technology, these two friends would have called themselves and save the stress of making fire camp and tracing of smoke to its source.
Other examples ways of communication and interactions during the olden days are:-
* Making Representation
* Drawing Diagrams
* Scribbling of Stones
* Town Crying
But, technology have saved us from these stresses in interacting with each other within and outside our community through:-
• Social media sites e.g Facebook
• Radio stations
• Television series and show
• Websites and blogs
• Telephone, Email, Telex and Telegram etc.
Technology has enables us to communicate with our friends and family without subjecting ourselves into stress of fire lighting or scribbling on stones.
==> 2. Education
Education has really improved with technology. In the olden days, the best but not the only one folks get educated are through informal training – a system of education where the children learn about the skills around them and what they are capable of doing.
In African countries, boys in the olden days learn farming, fishing, hunting and so on while the girls learn about trading, cooking, washing and so on. But, this made them Stack illiterates!
And, as times goes on, education system changed gradually but not effective untill Technology made its way into the system.
Technology has done alot miracles in making education more easy and convenient for students all around the world. For instance, they can study online while remaining at their home in any part of the world. They can learn any course and get a degree of the desired university online.
==> 3. Agriculture and Food Processing
Have you ever make a ridge or heap of sand with hoe? Have you use days to clear grasses in the bush with just a cutlass? If your answer is “YES” to any of the questions here, then you would experienced the crude system of farming.
Technology has made it more easier for farmers to make ridges with tractor, cut grasses with lawnmower, use fertilizer to boast crops’ yield, use herbicides and insecticides etc.
Incubation is now made possible with technology, transportation and storing of farm produce effectively is now possible with technology.
Their is no survival without hygienic food. Technology has made it possible for food processing companies to preserve the raw food crops hygienically for us.
Most of the food we eat nowadays passes through machine either directly or indirectly. Those machines are products of technology!
==> 4. Business
Hunting, fishing etc. are now left behind for old men. Advancement of technology have paved ways to some lucrative and easy money making business in the world. You don’t need to sweat too much before making a living, tons of job are available for any interested person.
Also, you don’t need to start hawking your goods anymore. Technology has made it possible for you to sell everything you wanna sell on the internet. Companies like jumia, Amazon, Konga, Jiji and some other companies has made it possible for us to market and sell our goods and services easily on the Internet. You can as well build your own ecommerce website or blog for your business.
Technology has really proved itself to be the zenith life of business.
==> 5. Health
Better health facilities like X-ray machines, dialysis machines, filter and other machines which are built to improve our health are being provided to patients and research done by doctors has laid the foundations for biological control diseases. By sitting at home, we can get medical treatment by consulting the doctor just by a video call.
==> 6. Beauty and Cosmetics
With technology, fancy beauty products like body creams, hair creams, powders of different colours, eye pencils etc are manufactured to help make us look gorgeous and beautiful.
==> 7. Clothing and Wears
Back in those days, clothes and foot wears are roughly from cottons, latex rubber etc but, it has now become old fashion!
With advancement in technology, big machines are invented for textile industries to manufacture quality and attractive clothes from raw materials. while the cobblers and shoe makers make use of machine to make good and quality foot wears for us.
==> 8. Building and Construction
We can now erect skyscraper buildings easily with the right adoption of technology.
Machines, Metals and other equipment used in building and constructions are by-products of technology.
==> 9. Development and Conservation of Natural resources
Natural resources are things created by God. They includes the land, water, trees, precious stones etc.
If these natural resources were not conserved in the right way, they will be of no use for us in the nearest future.
Gold, diamond, silver and other precious stones are mine by machines (some mine them without machine) and they are conserved for industries who will turn them from crude raw materials jewelries, metal coating etc.
With technology, setting up our different houses with different appliances is now possible.
==> 10. Entertainment
We can now play videos’ game inside our house without walking a distance to catch fun. Technology has made it possible for you to watch movies at our own convenience.
We also hear radio to get the latest news, informations are share through the radio and TV stations.
Artistes, actors and actresses usually goes to those rocks, recording and editing of videos are invented by engineers etc.
Technology is playing a very important role in Entertainment.
Now, let move on to the Negative side of Technology and its effects on our life.
Negative Effects of Technology on our Life in Nigeria
Technology have done alot for us which are good and, we are still hoping for more. But, there are alot of problems associated with technology, what are they?
==> 11. Wars
Since the advancement of technology, human beings from different countries across the world are building more weapons that will be used at anytime during any war outbreak.
Without technology, there is no way an atomic bomb can be built, without technology, there is no way some people can be threatening the weaker or undeveloped countries just because they have dreadful and big weapons which they controls with computers made by the effect of technology.
==> 12. Health problems
Advancement in technology has exposed us to easy ways of having health problems, how? Smoke from cars or automobiles are very bad to our health, must this smoke was accidentally breathe in, it causes disturbance in the free-flow of normal air in our lungs and, air won’t be delivered to the brain, why? Because normal air we breathe in should contain Carbon dioxide but, smoke is just Carbon monoxide or Carbon (I) oxide… This can cause brain or lungs cancer.
Apart from the smoke from automobiles, X-ray machine also create a health problem if it’s misused or over used. X-ray scanning can decrease a patient’s life.
Technology is also one major factor behind health problems in the world.
==> 13. Depletion of Natural Resources
With technology, some of our natural resources are depleted. A good example is Depletion of Ozone Layer.
Ozone layer serves as blanket that cover the atmosphere (sky) in order to protect us from harmful rays (Ultra-violent ray) given out by sun. If not for Ozone layer, our skin will have been burnt by the sun.
But, technology is depleting this ozone layer… How? In some developed or industrial cities like Lagos, Nigeria where there are big companies, ozone layer are easily depleted here because, gases and smoke discharged by this companies into the atmosphere are very bad.
Other natural gases like oxygen, carbon etc are also depleted in this process. This has led to the dead of million of people.
==> 14. Pollution
Above (point 13), you read that gases or smoke discharged by companies depletes natural resources.. Yes, pollutions of any kind are also formed.
For instance, smoke causes air pollution, the engines or machines used by these companies causes noise pollution.
Chemicals or dyes discharged by these companies into the river or ocean causes water pollution and, life of aquatic animals will be in danger as s result of this.
==> 15. Immoralities and Laziness
With the advancement of technology, watching pornography, nude pictures are now one of lifestyles that most people indulge in and, this has led to immoral acts like rapping, fornication, divorces among couples etc. – This is what technology brought to us because, there is no watching of porns in the primitive age.
Also, most people have become a total lazy bone. No more grinding of pepper with stones just like the traditional age, electric blenders have replaced it. No more fetching of water again, water pumping machines are now available.
Although, technology makes our work easier, faster and neat but, some people can’t do anything without machine and, this is very bad!
From Editor’s desk
That’s all I got for you today. I hope you have been informed and inspired? In this article, I have told you the 15 ways technology affects our life in Nigeria and, am very sure that you will be convinced at least with just a point.
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