Lesson 3: A New Way to Work
Technology and Society
A New Way to Work
Life on the farm isn't what it used to be. In fact, that goes for almost every job you can think of today. People aren't just living in the digital world. They're working in it.
Today farmers track everything from the weather to soybean prices on the World Wide Web. Using the computer, farmers analyze crop performance, livestock growth rates, and the family budget.
A recent study found that on average the American worker spends 35 percent of the workday on the computer. That's nearly three hours. Two of those hours are spent on the World Wide Web—an information and communications tool that wasn't in common use before the 1990s.
The trend is sure to continue, too. It won't just be working "at" the computer either. As various devices with microprocessors in them become easier and easier to carry, they'll be at our side helping us at work and at play. The day may not be too far off when you can walk into a room and all the computerized devices in that room recognize who you are and offer their assistance.