The printing press affected people in so many ways. People stopped having to rely on words. They now had a more liable source to go by, in written documents. It would not have been possible to record those documents without the invention of the printing press. Printing things then became much more easy and efficient. This meant less manual labor for the hard-working men. Also, maybe the greatest impact the press had socially was that it sped up the spread of Renaissance culture. The Renaissance period was without a doubt the most improving time period in history. Architecture, art, and just the general way people thought was changed in an extremely positive way. If not for the printing press, literacy rates would not have gotten better. Knowledge was spread, leading to better inventions. Lastly, religion was greatly impacted. Many bibles were printed and people focused more on reading them. This allowed them to make their own opinions and interpretations about religion, rather than what they were taught. People had more freedom.