Social Studies - 2018-19

USII.9b - New Technologies

The student will apply social science skills to understand the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by

b) describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life;

Adopted: 2015



The period following World War II leading up to the early twenty-first century marked the “information age.” New technologies in communication, entertainment, and business dramatically changed American life.


Industries benefiting from new technologies

 Airline industry (jet engine)

 Automobile industry and interstate highway system

 Mining industry

 Entertainment and news media industries

 Exploration of space

 Computer industry

 Satellite systems, telecommunications industry

 Internet, social media

Impact of new technologies on American life

 Increased domestic and international travel for business and pleasure

 Greater access to news and other information

 Cheaper and more convenient means of communication

 Greater access to heating and air-conditioning improved the quality of life and encouraged population growth in certain areas of the country

 Decreased regional variation resulting from nationwide access to the same entertainment and information provided by national television and radio programming, Internet services, and computer games


Updated: May 16, 2018