Today smart phones are a must for anyone. These devices have become an integral tool for communication and information. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of these devices is their capability to connect to the internet, both through WIFI and through cellular networks. As a result, these devices have become an invaluable tool and part of our everyday life. Although there have been several security risk associated with smart phone use such as social media privacy, nonetheless it can be overcome by using apps that can act a virtual social media vault. So, how did we end up with smart phones in the first place? To analyze the historical evolution of smart phones, we need to go back to the early days of the telephone.
The cellular phone has lost its primary function a few years ago. The way phones were meant to be used began to change around the 1980’s during the introduction of answering machines. The answering machine was designed to facilitate communication in the form of recording messages when a call couldn’t be answered. In the 80’s the fax machine was also a modern marvel which allowed businesses to exchange documents through a telephone line – the fax machine was the email of the 80’s. Then in the 90’s cell phone were introduced and changed how we communicated. These early cell phones were able to send text messages and you could even play games on them like snake (mostly found in Nokia phones). Today, smart phones are the kings of technology. Everyone, regardless of their economic background owns a smart phone, as prices for these devices tends to range from low to high end. Consequently, with more people on the internet through the use of smart phones, our social dynamics have changed in the following ways:
Today, through the use of social media on smart phone, a lot more user created content is being generated. People are socializing more on social media rather than person to person. Simply wishing someone happy birthday on facebook is easier than calling them or visiting, it takes less of our time and the person on the receiving end may appreciate it more. In the future, the growth of social media will further evolve and will eventually be taken over by virtual reality socialization.
Conversations never end:
If you have a smart phone, you’ll often find yourself reading more text messages and notifications as compared to a basic cell phone. Given the fact that our phones are constantly connected to the internet, it becomes virtually impossible not to get distracted for every message your phone receives. Whether it is a facebook like, a twitter conversation, what’s app group or some other chat application, you can be sure to find yourself reading and writing more messages than before.
No more communication barriers:
Whether your mom lives 30 miles away or 3000 miles away, through internet and smart phone technology, you can see her live any time via applications such as Skype, viber and other similar apps make it easy to have face-to-face conversations
The future or communication and technology are growing at a rapid pace. New inventions will continue to shape our society both in good and bad ways.