Drawbacks of Information systems and technology

28 Nov

Drawbacks associated with Information systems and technology

This blog draws a lot of information from this link and is largely based on this particular link http://www.smallbusinessbible.org/advan_disadvan_informationtechnology.html

Information technology and information systems may be the crown jewel of our era and point to the advancement of the human race but there are countless drawbacks to IT/IS’s that leave people wondering if the good outweighs the bad.  Some disadvantages of information technology include:

Unemployment – While information technology may have streamlined the business process it has also created job redundancies, downsizing and outsourcing. This means that a lot of lower and middle level jobs have been done away with causing more people to become unemployed. Although unemployment created and employment created because of IT is nowhere near in comparison as IT has definitely produced vast quantity of jobs. Change unfortunately is relentless and in business terms you have to move with progression or be left behind.

Privacy – Though information technology may have made communication quicker, easier and more convenient, it has also bought along privacy issues. From cell phone signal interceptions to email hacking, people are now worried about their once private information becoming public knowledge. Considerable amount of people are unaware of the efforts large companies go to collect data on people and the use and selling of this data. In retrospect ideas such as online cookies which advertise the web users interests can be seen as a good thing but one could wonder if personnel information digestion is a good thing in the hands of large corporations whose primary interest is to get you to spend your hard earned money.

Lack of job security – Industry experts believe that the internet has made job security a big issue as since technology keeps on changing with each day. This means that one has to be in a constant learning mode, if he or she wishes for their job to be secure. This fact of the disadvantages of IT/IS has been around since the introduction of all technology and one must not forget that life is a continuous learning cycle and that you must adhere to it or be left behind.

Dominant culture – While information technology may have made the world a global village, it has also contributed to one culture dominating another weaker one. For example it is now argued that US influences how most young teenagers all over the world now act, dress and behave. Languages too have become overshadowed, with English becoming the primary mode of communication for business and everything else. Loss of language and culture is never a good thing, yet IT/IS is also masterful at retaining knowledge of culture, language and unique practices, so it is therefore down to people to retain their identity or cultural identity.


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