Science and Technology: Q5) Does modern technology always improve quality of life?

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1. Quality of life

1.1. General well-being of a person

1.2. Indicators

1.2.1. Wealth, employment, built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging

2. YES

2.1. Health

2.1.1. New cures and drugs due to medical advancements

2.1.1.1. Genetic engineering has resulted in new medicines such as synthetic human insulin to treat diabetes

2.1.1.1.1. Improve physical health of human, hence improving qualioty of life

2.1.2. Health supplements

2.1.2.1. E.g. Glucosamine for people with injured cartilage

2.2. Convenience

2.2.1. Online Shopping

2.2.1.1. Save the hassle of going into shopping malls with the availability of online shopping websites such as eBay, and Amazon

2.2.1.1.1. Save time and effort, and also gives people more choices, hence improving quality of life

2.3. Interactions

2.3.1. Improvements in quality of communication

2.3.1.1. E.g. writing letters to sending emails and web cams (due to availability of the Internet), from telegrams to telephones to mobile phones

2.3.1.1.1. Allow people to connect better even if they are distances apart, therefore improving social well-being and of people hence quality of life

2.4. Aids

2.4.1. Machineries

2.4.1.1. Reduce the dull and boring part of menial labour, assist man by providing superhuman strength

2.4.1.1.1. Eg: Washing machines

2.4.1.2. Bring comfort to people

2.4.1.2.1. E.g Air-conditioners

3. NO

3.1. Not all are able to enjoy improved quality of life

3.1.1. Some technology are expensive and only the rich is able to afford it

3.1.1.1. Only the rich's quality of life is improved while the poor's quality of life does not improve

3.2. New illnesses resulting from modern technology

3.2.1. Addiction to internet

3.2.1.1. e.g. Addiction centre in China for those who are addicted to Internet

3.2.1.1.1. Worsen physical health of human beings, hence worsening quality of life

3.2.2. Virus mutation

3.2.2.1. E.g Animals with human gene will provide an opportunity for animal viruses to mutate into pathogens that will be capable of attacking humans.

3.2.2.1.1. Worsen physical health of human beings, hence worsening quality of life