Advantages of Information Technology
Today, information technology has penetrated almost every aspect of society. Personal computers, cell phones, fax machines,
papers, emails and the internet have all become an integral part of
our very culture. Some people may think that information
technology is too overpowering and brings a lot of shadows to
modern society. However, I believe that information technology
brings more “sunshine” to our life and its advantages are
self-evident as follows.
In the first place, it has brought about globalization. IT has not only brought the world closer together, but it has allowed the
world’s economy to become a single interdependent system. This means that we can not only share information quickly and
efficiently, but also bring down barriers of linguistic and geographic
boundaries. The world has developed into a global village due to
the help of information technology, allowing countries like Chile
and Japan who are not only seperated by distance but also by
language to share ideas and information with each other.
In the next place, communication has become cheaper, quicker, and more efficient with the help of information technology. We are
able to communicate with anyone around the global by simply
text-messaging them or sending them an email for an almost for an
almost instantaneous response. The internet has also opened up
face-to-face direct communication from different parts of the world
thanks to video conferencing system. Besides, information
technology is also conductive to bridge the cultural gap. It helps
people from different cultures to communicate easily with one
another, and allows efficient exchanges of views and ideas, thus
increasing people’s cultural awareness and reducing their prejudice
towards each other.
Last but not least, IT has made it possible for businesses to be open 24x7 all over the global. This means that a business can be
open anytime anywhere, making purchasees from different
countries easier and more convenient. It also means a more
convenient life for common people. For example, one can have
his/her goods delievered right to his/her doorstep without having
to move a single muscle.
To sum up, IT has provided us with lots of convenience. By listing them, I don’t intend in the least to say that there are no
defects attached to information technology. Like all the other things
in the world, information technology is not perfect either. It is a
double-edged sword and how well it can serve human being
depends on what we use it for and how we apply it.