I’m not a technology geek, but in recent years i find myself having a greater reliance on technological products like smartphones and laptop. I couldn’t understand why would anyone queue for days just to get the newest iphone or consistently changing their iphone to the newest version when the difference in product is not that great. Until when i dropped my iphone into the drain today resulting in it being unable to work, did i realise i am handicapped without it.
All my contacts, my photos, my videos, my songs, my schedule, my important notes; bascially everything was gone. I could not contact my friends, i could not look at my schedule and i could not rmember the notes i had saved in my phone. These remind me of the point “convergence” lectured in class. Convergence is the movement of communication technology toward common digital formats that allow for interoperability between distinct services and applications. With our smartphones, we’re able to videochat, call or text one another because of this advancement in communication technology.And this convergence is also similar to how different technologies are incorporated into a single sleek phone. There’s no need for camera, no need for an ipod, neither do you need a game console or computer for web browsing. A smart phone can easily do the job.
After spoiling my iphone, i am trying to use another nokia smartphone – less smarter than iphone; i still feel handicapped because it is not as powerful as an iphone. I never knew i had this obsession with having a highly capable device to sort out my life for me until i decided that i am going to join the crowd to queue for an iphone4s-the greatest iphone yet, or so they say. Because of the increasing capabilities of a smartphone, people place greater reliance on it day by day without realisng it.
In a smart phone, there are even applications that allow people to text each other without charges and the users have grown used to it talking to people anytime in the day or night. Such techonologies have increased the efficiency of communication and have vastly altered the way people communicate. Because of the efficiency of such devices, it is now torturous to be unable to chat with someone or to tell someone something because of the absense of such product.
Maybe everyone is a slave to techonology is some ways; either wanting the best or is simply over-reliant on it.