Disadvantages of Digital Technology

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Data Security

Large volumes of data can be saved because of digital technology. This could be confidential information about individuals or businesses. Unfortunately, it can be quite challenging to keep this information secure. A single data breach can result in massive volumes of personal information falling into the hands of thieves, terrorists, commercial rivals, foreign opponents, or other bad actors.

Crime and Terrorism

The internet is an excellent ground for evil forces to operate because of its worldwide character, immense scale, and relative anonymity that users might enjoy. Dealers trading on the dark web; pedophiles grooming potential victims, exchanging photos, videos, and other information in chat rooms and other places; and authoritarian regimes attempting to sway or distort elections in democratic countries are just a few examples.


We have lost touch with the inner workings of the technologies and equipment we deal with daily. It is no longer merely mechanical to fix a modern car; it requires interaction with a computer. Using a phone can entail navigating a variety of complex settings. Minor hiccups in a laptop’s functionality can cost both time and money.

Privacy Concerns

Personal privacy has become much more challenging to maintain in the digital era, on top of the threats of your data being stolen or sold. Employers can conduct online searches for candidates and may come across ugly images or notice them expressing controversial thoughts on social media or blogs. In public spaces, digital cameras monitor and record our movements. When minor transgressions are exposed on the internet, they can follow a person for the rest of their lives. It’s quite difficult, if not impossible, to keep track of your personal information.

Social Disconnect

People are increasingly preferring to mingle and converse using digital devices rather than face-to-face contact. This act can easily lead to feelings of loneliness and disconnection. However, human beings have evolved over thousands of years to have a genuine connection, so removing it has a variety of detrimental consequences that we’re only beginning to comprehend.

Plagiarism and Copyright

Copying and reproducing digital media is very simple. However, as the music and film industries have realized their cost, copyright regulations are becoming increasingly challenging to enforce. Schoolchildren can copy and paste their homework projects without gaining any knowledge. Because of the “sharing” mentality on social media, the original creator of a piece of media is frequently lost when it is changed and claimed by others.

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Allie Mansour

Allie Mansour is a project management consultant who is focused on project, program, portfolio and change management that provides clients with resources to deliver their business transformation initiatives.

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