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2- Factors that influence societal relationships

1. The effects of different technologies

Te c h n o l o g y g i v e s u s a n i n c r e a s i n g l e v e l o f
control of outdoor environments and
experiences. Some innovations include :

• Materials and clothing

• Communication and navigation

• Information Technology

• Transport and Infrastructure

• Activity-specific equipment

• Safety equipment
These innovations allow us to access
outdoor venues that would otherwise be too
difficult to reach without technological

It can provide us with the means to

participate in a wide range of environmental
conditions or enable us to enjoy year round
participation, despite climatic variation.

This has an influence on our relationships

with outdoor environments.

Textbook pg.188
Old style tent New style tent

How would these two different tents influence people going



Textbook pg.191-192
Does technology bring us closer to outdoor environments, or
does it separate us?
Surfing at locations such as YCW Beach - Phillip Island (ie:
P e n g u i n p a r a d e e x c u r s i o n i n Ye a r 11 )
Surfing technology has changed: Thick, yet light and flexible wetsuits
make the water bearable all year round, allowing a greater amount of
surfers to catch waves, all throughout the year and at a greater range
of locations.

Perceptions: environment is now seen as accessible, as a playground

because we can control out comfort.

I n t e r a c t i o n s : i n c r e a s e i n t h e a m o u n t o f s u r f e r s i n t h e w a t e r, e s p e c i a l l y
in high tourist seasons.


Positive: allows for more people to experience the outdoor

environment, this could lead to an appreciation and willingness to
contribute to its protection.

Negative: increased pressure on the coastal environments as more are

now accessible and overuse can lead to impacts such as dune erosion
from increased foot traffic. Decreased experience for surfers as there is
competition for waves.