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Technology is something that impacts almost every aspect of society, however it is very difficult to develop an understand the consequences of technology. Technology is not just artifacts such as computers or phones, but the way we as a society tries to change the world or better adapt to a changing world. To be technologically literate in most forms can be described as the ability to understand and apply technology. A common way in which this can be split is to sort them into three main branches, called “Capabilities, Knowledge, and Ways of Thinking and Acting”, in which there is a sliding scale of high to low levels in each. According to experts in 2006, there is an advancing need for those with the essential quality of being technologically literate in this progressive day and age. However, this label of being literate is very broad. A person can gain knowledge on the major concepts behind developments through both text and hands-on experience. One does not being an expert in a field to have a level of understanding of technology. So what characterizes someone as being literate? Well, in the case of the branch labeled “Knowledge”, a person can display literacy through an understanding of systems and the ability to synthesize and discover new insights in a field of study; however it can also be shown through a knowledge and understanding of the risks and benefits of technology and how it reflects the culture of society. When it comes the branch of “Thinking and Acting”,  literacy can be determined by the ability of problem solvers who can see from multiple view points and relate the info in regards to the benefits and risks of technology. Also, when comparing these to the branch of “Capabilities”,  to be literate is to be defined as having a person using learned concepts and applying them for use in other areas for making informed judgements and understanding the  systems that are in use. It is important to know the many ways in which technological literacy is defined because for as long that humans live in an advancing technological world then the actions that we make can have global consequences, thus requiring a solid understanding of what we are doing and  it’s impact. I personally was not surprised at the standards that are used in determining if one is technologically literate or not. As a computer science major, there is a heavy emphasis on being able to understand conceptually what strings of codes can mean. This requires a thorough understanding of many coding concepts learned through life; a problem-solving mind capable of working through coded lines and sorting the correct information; and the ability to come up with new ideas that accomplish a goal. This is why I consider myself to be tech. literate more-so than most others.