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I.C.T & Society

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I.C.T & Society I am a 16 years old boy, and go to Alexandra Park School. I.C.T has affected me throughout my life, from before I was born to now. I.C.T affected me before I was born, my mum had an "Ultra Scan." This Ultra Scan communicates with the user by showing them images of the baby before it is born. These images can be used to detect how many weeks old the baby is, how the baby is progressing & how healthy it is. After I was born I.C.T still affected me. When I was registered I.C.T was used to store information about me. This included things such as my names, parents names, place of birth and date of birth. When I was registered information was stored on a database, a database is a collection of data arranged for ease & speed of retrieval. Also a copy was printed for my parents purposes, which is also I.C.T. This information is used as proof of Identity throughout my life. When I was a little bit older around 3 years old, I.C.T still affected me. At this age I was going to nursery. At nursery there was a computer which stored information about all children on a spreadsheet. ...read more.


For example the "10 O'clock news" communicates on a serious level with the user while "the Simpsons" would communicate with the user on a funny level. When I turned about 12 years old I started to go to secondary school. At this age I started to get more independent and I started to rely on I.C.T more. I.C.T affected me when I was going to & from school. The Oyster card which allows you to travel on the bus is designed around I.C.T, when you bleep the card it comes up with information about your pass. Such as expiry date & zones allowed in. This is an I.C.T system because it stores information on a data base. I.C.T also affected me when I started using Mobile Phones. Mobile phones are I.C.T because they allow the user to communicate with other people. The advantages of Mobile phones are you can be contacted anywhere at any time. This affects the way we communicate with other people as with mobile phones you can also text people which is a service which was not able before the invention of mobile phones. Texting is used instead of phoning e.g if you have ran out of credit, or you need to get a message quickly to someone but you can not make the call. ...read more.


Since I have been using I.C.T I think it has minimized my interaction with other people. The reason why I think this is because many weekends I stay in and just play computer games & don't go out and interact with other people. I think in this sense I.C.T detracts from our quality of life as people become more anti-social. There are other services which I use which use I.C.T, such as an ATM machine. ATM machines are used by people when they are ready to withdraw money. I type in a Personal Identity Number. This gives me access to my account details. I then type in an amount of money that I wish to withdraw, this is the input device. The output device is the cash which the machine gives out. When shopping for clothes, trainers and food, ICT is used. The bar code is scanned over a machine. The bar code holds information about that product e.g. what it is, what the price is and how many items are in stock. Once the stock is running low the computer automatically reorders the item. This is known as stock control. I.C.T has affected the way I complete a number of tasks. Most of the effects are positive and benefit me, however there are certain aspects of I.C.T that do not benefit me for the good. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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