Technology is defined as the totality of any human techniques, practices, processes, and ways used in the creation of goods or services either for the satisfaction of purposes or in the achievement of particular goals. Technology has had a tremendous impact on how people communicate, produce, acquire, and control their world. In fact, technology has helped shape the society we live in today. There have been efforts to use technology to improve public health, safety, and welfare; however, it is not always easy to distinguish between technology and civilization.
The schatzberg scale is used to measure the extent to which a society uses different technological technologies, measuring the degree to which the modern technologies are integrated with various aspects of everyday life. Since technology has a huge effect on culture, this measure can be used to study the effects technology has had on the extent to which certain types of behavior is conventional or deviant. Although this categorization is most useful in testing and comparing modern technologies against earlier models, it is also very useful in examining different models as a whole, since each model falls under a particular subset.
A main advantage of the schatzberg’s analytical category system is that it is theoretically wide. Different domains of measurement are distinguished, allowing researchers to examine the relationship between technology and society in a comprehensive way. Although the schatzberg scale is based on a theoretical framework, this framework is applicable in many real-world research applications. Furthermore, the theoretical formulation of the system allows researchers to use various standard values, allowing them to compare various models against each other. This allows researchers to explore different technological applications on a wide scale without having to define which ones will be included in a given framework.