Technologies such as Facebook, Youtube, mobile phones and smart phones are just a few of the new technologies and applications being used every day by our generation to communicate. I am going to be looking at what some of these communication technologies are and how they affect our daily lives and finally answer the question if we the youthful generation of today would not be able to function without these communication technologies.
First how would we define communication technologies? Information and Communication Technologies, ICT is an extension for communication technologies and is defined as an “umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning” (ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) 2003). Looking at this definition we see that the ICT covers a wide range for subjects and mediums of communictions to travel, my research is going to be based mainly on modern technologies mainly the birth of the Internet and in particular social sites as well as the arrival of mobile phones, looking at how they were used and how they are used today.
Social networks are defined as by Boyd and Ellison, “are web-based services that allow individuals to construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system” (Boyd and Ellison 2008). Software like this had made it possible to see what a wide range of people are doing at the same time from the safety of one’s own home. Updates on people’s profiles ensure that we are never out of the loop with what is going on not just in ones immediate circle of friends but worldwide....
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