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to society but it does also create a number of social problems such as: Reduces the number of manual jobs-jobs have been replaced by computers of robots.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
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
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.
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.