Impact of Ubiquitous Mobile Communication (Minor)

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

In our modern society the most evident evolution has been that of Personal Communication Technologies (PCTs).  I want to begin with a concluding point made in the Campbell & Park (2008) reading.  They discuss the implication that mobile devices have no become a central form of technology.  It is crazy to think that our society is so inclined to grab our cell phones and text someone when we need to discuss something.  Our phones thus represent us as people interpret the way we are simply by reading our text messages.  This constrains us from knowing one another by our true selves as we are judged upon written words rather than our face-to-face words and actions.  This personalization of communication networks as kept us from growing and acknowledging others just because they may be inconvenient to contact via our PCTs.  To me, this has been an ongoing trend that I have notice and although I am just as much a part of it as anyone else I will still attempt to keep certain conversations to a face-to-face level rather than discuss them over a text.

      As well we now expect MORE out of our devices than simply just texting and calling.  I use my phone for texting, calling, internet, games, and more.  Walker et al. (2009) discuss the only impediment to future societal growth as the amount of work we expect our mobile devices to do for us.  However these devices often do less for us than we expect them to and thus create a barrier towards us growing.  Logically this makes sense however we have been able to contact people quicker, Google things quicker, and wake up every morning thanks to one device.  Therefore my overall stance on the situation tends to be that we are enable by ubiquitous mobile communication but as a society we are constrained from personal face-to-face contact.    

Campbell, S. W. and Park, Y. J. (2008), Social Implications of Mobile Telephony: The Rise of Personal Communication Society. Sociology Compass, 2: 371–387

Walker, Guy H., Stanton, N., Jenkins, D. and Salmon, P.. (2009). From telephones to iPhones: Applying systems thinking to networked, interoperable products. Applied Ergonomics. March 2009, 40(2), 206-215.

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