If you ask anyone from the older generations about how the methods of communication have changed, the chances are they could talk for hours about how things aren’t like they used to be.
To be fair to them they may have a point. As we move into a future full of sophisticated gadgets and technological change, it must have an effect on society.
If we take the mobile phone as an example, we can see the rise in its popularity and the way it has developed over the years has led to some drastic changes in the way we lead our lives. Everything a person needs in their day-to-day lives is right there at their fingertips. Who needs an alarm clock landline phone or personal planner when they can be found right there on your mobile phone.
It is no surprise that if this new technology makes our lives that bit easier, then people will strive to make improvements. But we don’t know what the long-term effect this may have on the way we communicate with each other.
Many of the older generation, even if we give them a new smartphone, the chances are they will soon revert back to their old ways because that is what they are used to. Could we see ourselves in a few years time looking back and saying how much the way we communicate has changed? Maybe in ways we have not thought of yet.
Mobile phones have obviously benefited our lives in many ways, from individuals to the entire population. The ease of access to the internet from your phone and the increasing demand for mobile friendly websites has seen a rise in the need for quick and up to date apps to help us. The question is, could these apps be adversely affecting us and we don’t know it?
Go to any social gathering and it seems everyone is using their phone. Everything they need or enjoy is there on their phone, condensed into easy to use applications. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all massive social media sites and people are becoming addicted to constantly checking their phones for news or posting updates on what they are doing. This is never more apparent than in a group of friends out socializing.
Again, if we go back a generation, going out with friends meant exactly that. You would be there to enjoy their company. Nowadays it seems we are more interested in seeing who is doing what on social media rather than simply socializing.
Anyone would struggle to find a group of friends who could spend their entire evening talking to one another without being interrupted by someone using their phone or app at some point during the night. The traditional idea of communication between friends in a social situation is being replaced by constantly checking and updating your status. A far cry from living in the moment and enjoying the company of others.
The way we communicate has drastically changed, and not just when people are out and about. Instant messaging is now a massively popular method of communication and with so many different apps out there offering a new take on it, the old-fashioned method of just speaking to a person seems like the relic of a bygone era. Whether it is sending pictures, ‘selfies’ or anything else that your app lets you do, it is getting harder to talk to someone if you don’t have access to all these popular methods.
Could we see a fall in these classic methods of communication? Simply talking to people you know or when meeting new people is not the social norm. Think about when you meet someone; the chances are they will ask you if you are on Facebook or suchlike. Not being a regular user of these social media apps could make you seem out of touch with what is considered normal.
Are we heading towards a world where the simple act of talking to a person face to face is seen as old-fashioned? These new apps may make our lives easier in one way, but we run the risk of changing the idea of what it means to communicate with one another.
Or do you think the old ways were more fun and enjoyable?