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What is Cultural Lag?

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Cultural lag is the idea that society has trouble keeping up with technological change. This results in a period of maladjustment as economies, societies, industries, cultures and institutions slowly adapt to change that has already occurred. It can also result in a failure to manage significant risks.
Technological change causes dramatic shifts that impact communities, environments, industries, markets, communication, social interaction, entertainment, transportation, science, medicine, weapons, lifestyles, education and quality of life. This creates risks, opportunities and questions that cut to the heart of a culture.
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A tendency for social systems such as laws, ethics and norms to be slow to adapt to a technological change, resulting in a period of maladjustment and a failure to manage new risks.
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