The introduction of computing into our lives has created several different phenomenon, and has serious altered the way in which we interact with each other and the world around us.
First and foremost, it has made daily life consist of completely different inter-workings. In our society, as well as many, physical labor is quickly being replaced by automation, and many jobs have become transformed to be performed within a cubical. We have (nearly) the entire sum of human knowledge stored within the wall of the Internet, which we can access from practically any location due to technology such as mobile phones, laptops, and more. Social media has become part of everyone’s lives in some way. Countries even throw revolutions planned over social media. The government uses media, as well as general computing to accomplish many of their goals. Iraq’s new defense nuclear system was devastated by a virus, showing that even warfare has moved to a digital front. Realistically, there isn’t a single element of our life that has gone un altered in some way.
Some effects are more subtle, and alter how we interact as humans. Many experts on the subject, such as William Dereseiwicz, claim that society is becoming less able to communicate properly with each other. As the social media movement began due to the increase in computing in the public, people began communicating mostly through electronic means and began building electronic relationships. As we began having Facebook friends and Twitter followers, among other similar things, we lost our ability to maintain traditional friendships, sacrificing this for a multitude of acquaintances which we know on a much shallower basis. This has also has several other side effects, such as the rapid spread of information, both trivial and serious in nature, that the collection mob-mind of the internet selects as import. This oddity of sharing and trending topics has become such a phenomenon that scientist Richard Dawkins coined the term meme to describe the ideas that spread through our culture in such a way.
And with these new ideas, we have rise in new forms of bad ideas too. Crimes, although prevalent before, are evolving in many ways that makes them more dangerous. Some crimes such as intellectual property theft and illegal use of media (torrenting) is becoming more and more of an issues as the mob-mentality tells internet-goers that it is an acceptable practice. Other, more dangerous crimes have also evolved, such as hacking into other computers to steal important information, such as social security data or banking account numbers. Those that have the power to work with code also have the power to be a criminal of greater magnitudes than physically possible before, now that our whole lives reside online.
Many of these issues boil down to education. Many people are unaware of the changes that society is undoing, nor do they realize the danger of cybercrime, nor how to protect themselves, nor much of anything. According to CBS, the most popular password of the year was “123456” followed by many other simple words. How can people expect security with such simple passwords? Most people don’t understand how the computers revolution needs to be handled, and as a result, many problems are born. By teaching people how to handle this change, many other problems will have solutions that fall into place.