What Has Caused the Increased Use of Digital Technology over the Last 2 Decades and What Effects Has This Had on How Communication Occurs?

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Over the last two decades, digital technology has become an essential part of people’s daily life and has caused an enormous influence on how the communication occurs. According to the research of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU), there were only 500 million mobile users in the 2000,but ten years later in the 2010,this number reached 4.6 billion(2010).Digital technology is a base two process, because the digitized information is recorded in binary code which is the combination of the digits 0 and 1. And it is applied in modern electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. Some of the reasons why there is a increase in the use of digital technology are generally considered to be the effect of conformity, promotion in efficiency due to the development in technology and the impact of globalization. It has resulted in the development in new form of language and online communication ,and also a enhancement of personal social life. Conformity is a type of social influence relating to a change in behaviour or thought to fit in with the society or a particular group which resulted from either real or imagined social or group pressure(McLeod,2007). As untethered devices became increasingly common, people, especially adolescents, might be influenced by it and in order to gain social identity or simply not feel to be left out (D.G.Myers.2004),them may react with similar corresponding behaviours, thus resulting in the increasing use of digital technology. The improvement in mobile technologies and applications and easy access to internet have now made working more efficient. In the Optus ‘Future of Work’ report, it showed that due to several factors such as the convenience brought by the development of cloud computing, the employee are showing a growing demand of using electronic devices at work.″ our report found that the widespread adoption of mobile technologies, increased use of internal collaboration tools, and greater employee access to...
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