Impact Which the New Communication Technology (Mobile Phones, the Internet, Etc) Has Had on People’s Lives in Zambia

Topics: Mobile phone, Radio, Internet Pages: 6 (2394 words) Published: September 25, 2011
Communication is defined as the giving, receiving or exchange of information, opinions or ideas by writing, speech or visual means or a combination of the three so that the material communicated is completely understood by everyone concerned. (Sillars, S. 1998: 1). Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Communications technology - or technologies is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: Internet, Mobile phones, Radio, Television, Fax, 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. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Communication technology has impacted a lot of lives in Zambia positively and negatively as will be illustrated in the foregoing explanations. The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. (Webopedia). Some of the negative impact that the Internet has had on the lives of people in Zambia are as discussed hereunder. The Internet facilitates electronic commerce, a platform where buyers and sellers of different products and services trade e.g e-bay, amazon. Sometime back, a person from Zambia would travel to Japan to buy a car but with the advent of Internet, people are buying vehicles and any other needed products online using the Internet thereby saving transport costs, lodging and costs spent on food while travelling to and from Japan. Sellers of commodities and services in Zambia advertise them on the Internet and this increases the chances of selling and buying as the adverts are seen globally and this way, buyers are able to select better suppliers by negotiating the prices with various suppliers. The Internet provides the fastest means of communication via email, instant messaging facilities such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and Social Networking fora such as face book and twitter. People in Zambia have taken advantage of this technology and collaborate over the internet. The Internet also facilitates e-learning, that is, all forms of electronically supported learning and teaching. A lot of people in Zambia who otherwise do not have enough time or money to attend full time classes have received their training from e-learning colleges or universities. The students access lecture materials, receive assignments, post their completed assignments and sometimes take exams online using the internet anywhere as long as they have internet access. With the new technology of Internet, peoples’ lives in Zambia have been impacted positively in that they are able to get bank statements via email at no cost where as hard copy bank statements cost money. People are also able to do Internet banking such as view account balances and statements, make inquiries on fixed deposits, interest rates and foreign exchange rates, print current statements and also for specified periods, inquire on cheques status, transfer funds from one account to the other, make third party transfers adding or modifying beneficiary details, can send messages to a branch, make utility payments such as Multichoice, water and electricity. Zanaco bank is one of those banks that offers such facilities in Zambia. Internet banking has saved a lot of peoples’ time that they spent on the queues at the bank and at the counter as they are being attended to by the tellers. With a credit card, people in Zambia are able to send money online easily, safely at a reasonable fee using facilities such as paypal as compared to high charges offered by banks when making bank drafts in favour of foreign companies. The Internet however has had negative impacts on the lives of people in Zambia as described below. Some websites contains immoral materials in the form of text, pictures or movies etc....

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