- Steve Jobs
Has Technology Advanced Too Far?
Once upon a time, in a world far, far away from 2013, when everybody listened to music on a personal CD player and "twitter" actually meant a series of chirps from a bird, things were different. Enter 2001 and the introduction of the iPod, an invention that would change the world forever. Music from a CD is now old news. Welcome to the world of iTunes - a digital library stored with everything from music to full length movies and all things complex. Hello 2012 and enter the iPhone 4 and the iPad. Each one of these inventions promises to change your life at a click of a button. Sorry, glass touch screen. The iPhone is jam packed with useful or - depending on your view - useless life changing and even time saving applications- applications directing users to programs they were unaware they even required like the "iPhone Blower". Well not everybody can be bothered to blow out their own birthday candles.
Has the introduction of social networking through "Facebook" and "Twitter", as well as Apple "I" gadgets, destroyed our ability to communicate face-to-face? A survey conducted by Social Media Examiner highlighted the fact that 50% of teenagers communicate more regularly with each other via social networking or texting instead of the old fashioned face-to- face method. This is a cause for great concern.
Another aspect of communication issues with social networking is the idea of an overload of "friends". Whoever would have imagined this would ever be classified as an issue? The Facebook Data Team found that the average amount of "Facebook friends" was 120, despite hundreds of users with over 1000 friends. Is this even possible? How many "real" friends can anybody have? On a daily basis how many people occupying planet Earth could possibly interact with over one thousand people without the assistance of a megaphone? Whatever happened to the old saying "If you can count your best friends
Bibliography: Flurry Mobile Analytics Harvard Business School Social Media Statistics Blogspot Yale University Sociology Department Apple.com socialbakers.com 1 '187 words