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Over the past several decades, advances in technology have impacted various aspects of society, ranging from economic growth to heath care and the arts. These developments are significant when viewed on a global scale, but the growing role of technology in society is, perhaps, more noticeable in individuals' personal lives and day-to-day interactions. While the percentage of people with internet access and smartphone use is higher in developed countries, computer and cell phone ownership is prevalent across the world. In 2017, a majority of Americans own a smartphone, have broadband internet access, and use social media. Additionally, other personal devices, like tablet computers, have increased in popularity. The proliferation of technology in daily life is, however, not unique to American culture; other countries around the world, faced with the pervasive influence of technology, are experiencing the same social and legal impacts.

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