Sociology

The Consistency of Change: Technology

The Consistency of Change:  Technology

Humans have always worked towards advancing their technology resulting in constant changes to our way of life.  “Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds or overall processing power for computers will double every two years.” From the abacus to the calculator, the wheel to the automobile, the Atari to the Xbox our technology advances exponentially.  In other words, our technological advancements are accelerating faster and faster each year.  

Social Dangers

How we interact with the world has changed with the innovation of the internet.  Social media is the latest change and with it comes a new way of communicating.  This new way of communicating also comes with new risks that are unique to its medium.  Presenting personal information on the internet invites criminals to exploit it.  Employers also view social media to ensure their employees, or future employees, meet their ethics code and practices.  It is the individuals’ responsibility to secure their social media accounts.  They should also give thought to the consequences of what they post.  Networking sites can compromise both personal and professional security. 

Does Your Vote Count

The leaders of the newly created United States of America knew that the government should not be appointed, but they also feared that the populace was not informed enough to make the decision either. Smaller states also worried they would not have as much a say in the structuring of the government as large states. Thus the Electoral College was created to give some of, but not all of, the power to the people. Each state has a number electors equal to the number of senators and members of the House of Representatives. This means the larger a state’s population the more votes it has.

The Gender Gap

Over the years, especially in my youth, I have encounter discrimination. I have been discriminated based on appearance, age, class, and interests. I fully understand that the stereotyping I came across is minuscule compared to what others are forced to deal with, but I do understand how it can make life difficult. One form of discrimination I will never have to negotiate is gender. 46.9% of the American work force is female (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). The statistics clearly point to gender inequality with wages. Women with associate degrees make an average of $42,000 per year and men with only a high school education make $44,300 per year (Henslin, 2014). In 2007 my wife was an established interior designer with an associate’s degree. I was in my second year as a factory worker with only a high school diploma. My gross was 40% more than hers.