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I introduce to you: the iPhone 4G.

This “hand phone” of today exemplifies how technology has improved our way of communication compared to the past.

Remember what a hand phone used to look like?

How about a hand phone of today?

A phone of today can make calls, entertain you with games and music, store data, check emails, connect to the internet and even make video calls to name a few. With the thousands of applications available for download, the usage of an iPhone is endless!

We can see how constrains in communications has been drastically improved. Verbal communication are instant with no boundaries of distance, information sent and received are instant and now with video calls interactivity is improved drastically. The internet can be accessed anywhere and business emails and information can be retrieved at any time.

Now, with the monopoly of a phone that can do almost anything, I can imagine the people of the mp3, camera and even the gaming companies panicking! By making a phone that can do everything their product can and more, a latent dysfunction is occurring, or in order words they are “Spoiling the market”.

Check this out:

Why is there a drop in video game sales?

Games of today need not be bought off the self, each costing about eighty dollars and giving you hours of gameplay. Games of today are downloaded straight into your phone, costing about 99 cents and available for short term bouts of fun, anywhere. It is no wonder that game sales have decreased.

Reading a book?

I find it so amazing that a hand phone is not just a phone today. Advancement in technology has changed the function of a phone. Making calls are just one of the ways to communicate. This buffet of options for the user can cause what I call the “Impatient generation”: technologically savvy users who are so used to this amount of integration and speed of processing that we take it for granted and cannot accept anything worse, no matter how slight.
Imagine using a 56k modem to visit a friend on Facebook, with about, 100 pictures?

Teenagers in your area annoying you?

Angry Birds, anyone?

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Sources:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/technologynews/view/1067159/1/.html

http://www.youtube.com

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi, yes it is true that technology has enhanced communication between people, but it is important to note that certain advances like in the case of social networking sites can actually ruin relationships despite the convenience of communicating.

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  2. The evolving technology of cell phones has never failed to bemuse (yet! Belittle) me.

    First, there’s the multi-media function (I, a somewhat technology illiterate ‘noob’, am not even sure what this means!). Because I am usually the most familiar with the calling, texting and emailing function, when all other creatively crafted icons representing ‘apps’ (applications) and Blackberry Messenger (BBM) have become the sculptor of the world today, I am bombarded with ‘God-knows-what’ and ‘God-knows-how’s. In all this, a solitary question is set forth: Do we really require all these digital functions to get through the day?

    At present, it is common knowledge (disclaimer: mostly for developed and developing countries) that cell phones take on the role of a camera (with at least 6.0 megapixels these days – but please correct me if I am wrong), with a photo editing software and zooming, panning abilities. On top of the snapshot technology, an average cell phone is also able to act as a radio or a stereo – resonating music (not the unpleasant polyphonic ring tones but real, actual music, base, drums and all) from its in-built speakers. The list of roles that the cell phone has acquired over the millennia can very well go on, almost infinitesimally: Video-graphing, video-calling (3G), speed-dialing, predicting the weather, accessing the Internet, watching videos…

    As I return back to questioning the importance of the cell-phone in man’s lives, I am, sincerely, intrigued. As aforementioned, does man really require these digital functions to get through the day? In addition, have we become dependent (or even to the extent of being over-dependent) on these electronic habits over time?

    I do not speak for the masses. I shall futilely attempt to answer these posed questions with regard to my personal experiences. No, I do not require so many functions to live my life the way I want it lived. Truth is, while sometimes the green horns of envy may evince when my peers possess bourgeoisie phone technology, mostly, I am contented with my interaction with simplistic technology. Do I need to be swathed in ‘Apps’ and God-knows-what every day? No. (Do I want to? – No.)

    Sticking to the traditional means of communication will still be, somewhat, my forte. Instead of having the computer mediated technological devices do the work, why not just take time off from our busiest schedules – Write a post-it instead of texting, draft a love letter in place of an unromantic email or Facebook wall-post, meet up with your friends in person instead of speaking through muffled phone speakers that radiates cancer from its warm earpieces… The list goes on, again. I guess what I am trying to imply here is this: Live life the way you want to live it. Don’t let technology consume and dictate the way you should live it.

    Cheers.

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    • Hi Julia!

      Thanks for the insight! Personally I love the apps on my blackberry! For instance, I’m replying you now with my phone! Yes although its not a necessity, it certainly makes life a bit easier and keeps the social circle tight! It could help you get back with long lost friends! but with items that help us, people are bound to abuse. It’s creativity, in a way!

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  3. Posted by Denise Chan on July 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I agree with Julia! With all the traditional means of communications being overwhelmed by the computer mediated technology, our lives is under control! If we continue to support the upgrading of technology, we might soon be replaced by robots. What will happen to our jobs? In companies like Apple, they might produce robots to produce more machines to replace us.

    No doubt technology has improved our lives, but we still need to go back to the basics sometimes. Otherwise, all the origins of communications with be forgotten!

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    • Hi denise!

      Yes I agree! Even in the army I believed that although we are moving towards a 3G army, we still have to know the 1G skills. If computers fail us one day, we have to be able to still do the job!

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  4. Posted by Caitlin on July 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    indeed, the advancement in technology has brought with it a plethora of functions but i’m thinking there will be more cons than pros.
    as it is, many of us are already flooded in the use of mass media and are pretty much media multi-tasking everyday. this will only cause us to be even more passive receivers of media messages who do not spend much effort to interpret them and just accept them as they are, without questioning the validity.

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