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Technology involves the use of techniques, processes, and material objects to produce goods, provide services, and connect people. Sociologists study the social interactions that result and how they are impacted by different technologies. Research questions include how organizations use technology to achieve their goals, how individuals use technologies to relate to one another and to organizations, and how computing affects the ways individuals, organizations, and societies obtain information, communicate, and surveil each other. Sociology also measures the uneven use of technology among social groups.
Sociologists study how technology affects cultures, social organizations, and social relationships, but also how individuals, groups, and organizations use and modify technologies for their own purposes.
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Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger.