The information society often refers to the environment we live in today. An ecosystem definitely conditioned by technological innovations that allow a rapid circulation of information. If we look around us, it is clear that, both at work and in our free time, technological development is present in the way we relate to others and to the environment.
These technological innovations are mainly related to information and communication technologies, which have become a fundamental pillar in all areas of our society, starting from the educational field. In this article we will explain what the information society is and how it works .
The origins of the term
The term “information society” is by no means recent, quite the contrary. It appeared during the 1980s, parallel to the evolution of the industrial age and the development of the internet. The concept is related to the transition from an industrial society to a post-industrial or information society.
From information, human beings create knowledge, which is scattered and absorbed to be able, in turn, to create further knowledge. Thus a spiral of development and evolution is formed which leads to a possible change in the term, which can be extended to “information and knowledge society”.
The benefits of the information society
The information society produces a series of cultural, social, economic benefits and, above all, freedom of expression and communication. The existence of networks for the dissemination of knowledge and their ease of access provides a large number of sources of knowledge on any field, arouses our curiosity and stimulates the continuous demand for new knowledge.
Furthermore, the ease of sharing and distribution of any content and the transfer of activities that can be immediately globalized are producing very intense and very fast social revolutions and “earthquakes”. The daily narrative is updated in real time with new news, satisfying the restlessness of a large number of people and organizations.
The limits of the information society
In addition to its technological prerogative, the development of the information society depends on a legal framework and adequate regulation. If this environment works, the development of applications and services will benefit society. However, if the opposite happens, the technology will only serve to generate contexts of impunity.
On the other hand, this ever-growing and changing information society must avoid the social divides that can arise from the digital divide. Any tool must be accompanied by training for users who, in some way, will end up being forced to use that medium.
We can observe this phenomenon, for example, with the progressive increase in the number of procedures that can only be performed online. Without forgetting that the digital divide has a large number of variations and limitations, for example of an economic, geographical, gender, etc.
The information society in everyday life
Until a few years ago, the information society was simply a concept. Since then, it has materialized and become tremendously real. Today, this type of society has spread to all areas of our life, especially in developed countries. Being part of it is practically an obligation.
In more developed countries, this form of life is so internalized that it goes unnoticed, as the new generations are born already inserted in an environment governed by technological innovations. So, for them, it is very difficult to imagine an alternative, different world without all these tools and devices.
The problem with this world full of technology lies in the loss of social skills in a traditional, offline context. Most of what appears on screens today was once real, tangible. Let’s think, for example, of the difference between asking a tour guide for information or simply asking a virtual assistant on a mobile phone. All this implies a radical change also in the lifestyle, in the language, in the forms of communication. And it all happened at the speed of light, affecting just 2 or 3 generations.
In the future, the information and knowledge society will continue to develop and involve more and more people. In principle, this future is promising. The hope is that it will foster greater levels of sustainability, prosperity and freedom. In short, to create and grant opportunities on a professional and personal level to anyone.
This also and above all requires a personal commitment. The correct evolution of this new society depends on us and on the good use we make of the technologies at our disposal. The goal is for everyone to contribute to building a technological future based on responsibility and awareness.