Effectsof Mobile Devices
Effectsof mobile devices
Currently, themobile technology is becoming a necessity in people’s lives. Infact, research shows that an ordinary person spends roughly 90minutes a day on the phone texting, gaming, calling, or socializing.The mobile technology has brought an unprecedented convenience andflexibility in communications, connections, and business. Forexample, unlike traditional means of communications such as letters,people can now keep in touch with friends and family members at anytimes through mobile phones in an effective and rapid manner. However, Basulto (2012) claims that with increased reliance on mobiletechnology, some people have been rendered into bystanders especiallyduring critical situations and scenarios, where they choose to watchand take pictures, instead of helping others. In addition, the mobiletechnology has become a predominant necessity in people’s lives asearlier suggested, which has disturbed the foundation and thestructure of the society. On the other hand, mobile devices havecontributed more positively to people’s lives than they have donenegatively through their flexibility and convenience. In thisregards, the discourse proffers an evaluation that mobile deviceshave affected the society more positively and provided channels forsolving complex situations as well as created diverse facets ofengagements.
Mobile devicesespecially phones have transformed the communication structures andeffectiveness greatly. Friedman (2006) asserts that mobile devicesbridge the distance between people, but sometimes they can createbridges between close people if they fail to observe communicationetiquette. Today, it is hard to stay without a phone, especially withincreased social platforms. Mobile devices have provided faster andefficient means of relating and communicating with each other, butsometimes they harm people’s capacities to communicateface-to-face. Today, texting, calling, and “tweeting” have becomethe major means of communications thus, decreased face-to-facecommunications. In this regards, mobile devices have restructured thecommunication means. In addition, people have resorted to theirmobile devices instead of engaging in conversations especially incritical situations. However, mobile devices have greatly speededcommunications and created globalized communications means where onecan communicate with another person in another country withinseconds. In fact, the mode of communication has changed where peopledo not have to talk with each other face-to-face, which has greatlyimproved relations. Friedman (2006) gives an example of a taxi drivercommunicating with his parents in Africa, which shows how mobiledevices have bridged the distance problem that existed before.
As aforementioned,mobile devices have solved the barriers of communication especiallywhen people live far away from their family. Basulto (2012) says thatpeople change “lean back” mode to a “lean forward” mode.Today, thanks to mobile devices, people are more connected than everbefore as one can have a private conversation with friends and familyon the Internet at anytime and anywhere. For example, people livingfar apart can communicate daily via mobile phones as well as realizewhat is happening on the other side. For example, Lam (2012)demonstrates the effectiveness of mobile devices in relayinginformation by giving the example of the Arab Spring and the story ofJulian Assange. In this regards, by using social media via mobiledevices, people know the dark sides of their governments andsocieties. For example, WikiLeaks provided a platform where peoplecould whistle blow and comment on the dark depths of governments. Inaddition, Lam (2012) asserts that mobile devices have given peoplethe power to call for a change as well as change the outcomes of theworld. As such, people have used mobile devices as means of change aswell as means of engagements on matters of national importancethrough the social media.
Stories across theworld on how mobile devices have changed people’s lives inspirepeople. Langfitt (2012) demonstrates the effects of mobile devices bytelling the story of Hang Hui, which attracted people’s sympathy onWeibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. Through people’sengagements, Hui was released from a re-education labor camp aftershe called for the prosecution of police officers who colluded withcriminals to deny her daughter and her justice. This story shows howmobile devices have affected people’s lives in a positive manner.In fact, through the social media, people have managed to call forchange.
Although mobiletechnology has bridged distances and brought people closer, it hasalso led to negative effects on people’s lives as aforementioned.In a way, the discourse agrees with the assertions of Basulto thattechnology makes people become bystanders. Stories have appeared inthe world, where people have resorted to taking pictures of people indistress instead of helping them. For example, a man was pushed inthe subways in In New York, but instead of people helping, they tookphotos. In addition, mobile devices have affected people’sconversation with each other especially in face-to-facecommunications. People have relied too much on mobile devices, whichhave affected their interpersonal communications and relations in anegative manner. For example, people have sat at dinner tablesengaging with their phones either texting or tweeting withoutengaging in face-to-face conversations. This has created adysfunction in communication etiquettes. The lack of conversationsbetween close people who decide to engage with their phones insteadhas greatly affected interpersonal relations.
Despite thesenegative effects, mobile devices have greatly contributed toincreased people’s welfares and participation in public debates. Infact, people can easily overcome the negative effects of mobiledevices such as spending too much time texting or tweeting bycultivating the required etiquette in conversations. In addition,places like restaurants can limit the use of mobile devices. On theother hand, people can come up with their rules of engagement andunderstand how to communicate effectively with each other.
Lam, A. (2012, September 14). From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: TheDark Power of Social Media. Retrieved April 2, 2015, fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-lam/social-media-middle-east-protests-_b_1881827.html
Langfitt, F. (2012, November 27). How Ordinary Chinese Are TalkingAnd Fighting Back. Retrieved April 2, 2015, fromhttp://www.npr.org/2012/11/27/165933657/how-ordinary-chinese-are-talking-and-fighting-back