Negative Effects Of The Industrial Revolution

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Suppose that suddenly all the technological inventions that we have come to depend on suddenly disappeared or were out of our reach. Such a world would leave us in the absence of washing machines, automatic can openers, and blenders, and make simple everyday tasks a huge chore. The luxuries that we enjoy today are products of a remarkable period of change that took place in the late eighteenth century, the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was a major event that was marked by a massive move to urban areas for the population and a complete shift in the life of a person living in the late eighteenth century. A huge benefit of the industrial revolution was that it allowed access to essential goods for lower class citizens such as cheap medications or clothing. As well, this remarkable period of technological change created a huge number of jobs in the end and a boom in the economies of the major powers of the world. Furthermore, the high standards of living that we enjoy today are the direct results of the advances in technology that took place during this time of great change. The industrial revolution has ultimately resulted in positive changes for society and helped create a better world.
The industrial revolution was extremely favorable for all aspects of society but even more so for the middle class which saw tremendous changes in their lifestyle. During the late eighteenth century, many goods were not available to middle class citizens because of their rarity and cost but this was to change with the advent of the industrial revolution. The radical revolution would first lead to a solution for the rarity of products, which was due to two main reasons, the speed of workers, and the shortage of skilled workers. The two causes for the rarity of important products were resolved by mechanization where the increasing use of technology allowed for a faster manufacturing process. For example, the textile industry was the first to benefit from machinery where "merchants turned increasingly to machinery for greater production" (PUHSD). Here, the use of technology in an important industry led to an increase in the output of woven fabrics such as cotton, which would subsequently lead to cheaper clothing being available for working class citizens. In addition to this, machines allowed products to be almost identical and so eliminated the need for skilled labor since workers only had to do simple tasks such as moving products to another assembly line. Mechanization also resolved another important problem that prevented access to essential goods for the middle class, the expense. Take for example, the reduction of cost in important medicine which was a direct result of the machines that "provided scientists with new forms of microscopes, dyes that could be used to track and identify germs, laboratories and technical equipment for use in medical experimentation" (School History). Due to this reduction in price of important medical equipment, medication was available at a lower cost and consequently accessible to the lower and middle class. As well, since the price of an item is often determined by the demand and the supply, an increase in supply will result in a lower cost for the consumer. This is exactly what resulted from the industrial revolution outcome was the proliferation of cheap but essential goods through common consumer markets. Therefore, the industrial revolution has resulted in many beneficial changes for society during the eighteenth century and has ultimately led society in the right direction.
The industrial revolution had an astounding impact on many facets of society but its economic impact was tremendous. The revolution created a huge number of jobs for unskilled workers and had a positive influence on economies around the world. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, there were many unskilled laborers and very little jobs for these unskilled workers. The changes taking place in factories