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ICT is influenced by social factors, the widespread use of ICT has led to a lot of benefits to society but it does also create a number of social problems such as: Reduces the number of manual jobs-jobs have been replaced by computers of robots. Changes the way a job is done-people have to adapt to the ways jobs are done as they are always changing. Job loss-ICT systems are being used for different tasks as they are constantly evolving. De-skills certain jobs- a typist was a skilled job but now anyone with a basic knowledge of word processingsoftware can produce professional looking documents.

Reduced social interaction at work-more and more people are working from home so it means less face to face interaction with colleagues. Changes in leisure time-more people are working twilights, nights and weekends instead of the normal 9 to 5. Addictions- many people are addicting to certain aspects of ICT like gambling, pornography and chat rooms. Blurs the distinction between ‘home’ and ‘work’-companies give staff laptops on which they can do work at home outside normal work hours which can cause family conflicts




CULTURE customs




Changes in cultures caused by ICT  People have a more relaxed attitude to copyright issues  People taking a more relaxed attitude towards issues such as pornography  People exploring new ideas such as new religions, complementary medicine, etc. Faith on the web  Podcasting, Facebook and MySpace, blogs and online churches are all becoming popular for many religions.  It makes it easier for people to talk about there faith if they feel more comfortable talking on the internet or visiting sites where people have the same views.  Many churches have websites for their congregation and others to keep in touch and build a more religious community.


St pixels is an online church and it helps spread the word about the religion and there beliefs. This is a way ICT has changed culture.

Instead of buying a whole album in CD form, you can just buy tracks you want from ITunes  It is easier to find music online rather than in stores  Your able to carry all your music around by mp3 players etc instead of loads of CDs 

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Low levels of education and literacy skillsmake it hard for people to make use of ICT Very few internet services and unreliable internet source. Lack of money-low incomes and cannot afford new technology Lack of fluency in English-about 80% of all information on the WWW is in English Lack of interest from foreign companiesforeign companies are unwilling to invest due to the political situation

Copyright laws-prevent the free passage of music  Selling devices that crack codes or copy right protection-these would encourage people to break the law  Mobile communication like using your mobile phone whilst driving is banned unless you have a hands-free kit. 

Labour costs being cheaper-call centre's located in different countries that offer cheaper services like India.  Fuel costs- a lot of fuel is wasted when you get lost so GPS systems make it more efficient  Availability of high speed internet- not everyone has broadband although numbers are growing. 

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CRT-LCD screens Cost of running computers can be very high. Macs run on lower power. Hardware recycling Carbon footprint Print preview-to save paper. Websites like Mazooma to encourage recycling or mobiles phones.

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