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What are some examples of cultural lag that are present in life? Does technology affect culture positively or negatively?

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Culture cannot always keep up with new developments in technology. For example, scientists have developed the technology to use embryonic stem cells to help prevent diseases, but many people see this use of an embryo as unethical. This concept of nonmaterial aspects culture taking time to catch up with material...

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Culture cannot always keep up with new developments in technology. For example, scientists have developed the technology to use embryonic stem cells to help prevent diseases, but many people see this use of an embryo as unethical. This concept of nonmaterial aspects culture taking time to catch up with material ones like new technology is referred to as cultural lag. Another example is the development of mass surveillance systems that make people worried about personal privacy.

Technology’s impact on culture is complex, so it is hard to say that it is completely positive or completely negative. On one hand, one could argue that technology has a positive impact on culture because it increases access to communication and can enhance collaboration between people from all over the world.

On the other hand, one could argue that technology has a negative impact on culture because it makes it hard for people to be present. For example, people might be on their phones when they are with their friends or spend their time with friends worried about what picture they will take for social media. Some might point to such scenarios to argue that technology has decreased authenticity in interpersonal relationships and led to the development of more material cultures.

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