Who is in charge - your phone or you? ; Young Reporter [Grimsby Telegraph (UK)]
(Grimsby Telegraph (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MOBILE technology is a growth industry across the world and has made great impacts on society.
The 1970s saw the invention of the first mobile phone, where just a mere phone call would have been made.
The 1990s welcomed the first smart phone - an all-in-one, portable device that combines the functions of a mobile phone with the functions of a computer.
This allows users to access emails and important calendar dates.
In more recent years the advance in technology has reached new limits which were unthought of several years ago.
These newly-found heights in technology come under the name of popular devices such as BlackBerry and iPhone. Users are able to literally tap into the world on touch screen phones to access documents worldwide or, if that wasn't enough, they could even consult their very own virtual assistant to do it for them via the communication devices.
Keeping in touch with friends, family and colleagues has never been easier as phone calls, texts and e-mails can be made at the touch of the button.
At first insight, the world of technology seems convenient and practical but it poses problems. The growth in the technological industry means that in years from now, our world will be impacted further.
Users will become more dependent on their phones and less dependent on themselves. Before the invention and usage of the smart phone, people would check the weather by stepping out of bed in the mornings and opening the curtains.
Now, we can check the weather via applications on our phone.
The convenience is all very well, but does it dictate our minds and judgements? How can we develop our thinking if all our thinking involves searching Google for the answers? Our intelligence will no longer be challenged or perhaps even developed.
Since the younger generations are becoming involved in the masses of technology, their minds will be controlled by the information fed to them.
This isn't a valuable learning experience, learning needs to be a tactile process as opposed to a virtual one.
As a result, communication skills will only worsen as society will communicate greatly through devices instead of face-to-face encounters. Furthermore, what seemed the unthinkable several years ago has now become reality. This creates the idea that in several years from now, what we see as impossible will be made possible.
Our homes will become a virtual reality where unique finger prints will become the new house keys and televisions will exist only as projections on the walls.
The inventers will stop at nothing to make our lives less and less liveable but more fake.
Living a life suited to you is created by your own mind and essence but the advance in technology is removing that from you.
People are beginning to live their lives through their phones. In fact, mobile phones have become so common it is a rarity for someone not to have a mobile phone.
It is becoming another bodily part, attached to our hands and impossible to live without.
Having said this, technology has done great things for society.
Social networking has made it easier for relations to stay in touch and sending e-mails from a smart phone is much more convenient than waiting days to receive a written reply to a business letter through the post.
However, there is a fine line between something aiding your daily tasks and something taking over them.
Society needs to decipher clearly the division this line creates before technology begins to create the people instead of the people creating technology. Who's in control? Your phone or you!?
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