The Negative Impact of ICT on the Society
Below are some negative impacts ICT has on Society;
1. Job Loss:
One of the largest negative effects of ICT can be the loss of a person’s job. This has both economic and social consequences, for example, manual operations being replaced by automation (Robots replacing people on assembly-line) Multiple workers being replaced by a smaller number, who are able to do the same amount of work using computers.
2. Reduced Personal Interaction:
Social media has led to a reduction in in-person social interaction. Social media use has also been associated with cyberbullying, and cyber abuse by anonymous users online, which leads to problems with self-esteem, privacy, etc.
3. Reduced Physical Activity:
Most users of computers and ICT adopt a more inactive and deskbound lifestyle. There is also repetitive strain-injury or eye strain when people spend hours and days looking at computer screens.
Many ICT hardware and software are expensive to purchase and maintain.
5. Changing Technology:
An ICT system usually requires specialist staff to run it, and there is also the challenge of keeping up with ever-changing technology.
6. Losing Competitive Advantage:
For some organizations being exposed to competition can be a problem.
7. Security Threat:
This is always a problem for any organization that uses ICT. Data must be kept secure. Internet connections must be protected from attack, new viruses and other malware are released nearly every day.
8. Digital Divide:
The large cost of procuring ICT gadgets is involved, as a result, poorer students and poor organisations can end up being marginalized, or disadvantaged, and this brings about Digital Divide.
Students, and sometimes teachers can get hooked on the technology aspect, rather than the subject content.
10. Moral and Ethical Problems:
The nature of some of the materials available on the Internet can cause ethical, and moral problems, for example, pornographic sites.
Today, fraud has also accelerated and grown even more sophisticated, due to the rise of e-commerce, mobile payments, and computing power.
12. Reducing Levels of Education and Understanding:
Due to the large amounts of incorrect, and misleading information that is available on the Internet, levels of education and understanding might be reduced, for example, SMS has negatively influenced the way children write essays nowadays. Many children cannot even spell English words correctly these days. (for example, ‘b/4’, ’cu’, ’2’, for ‘two’, ‘ur’, ‘u’, ‘cum’, ‘gudnite or gunite’, etc.)