COMM11003 – Post 2 – Due Week 5

This week I have chosen the topic of

Explain how technology has impacted communication. Provide an example of how technology has influenced how you communicate. (p. 79)

Technology has impacted communication drastically and technology itself has changed drastically. With communication ever so widely available, social media, live coverage of news, online forums and other media-related intitiatives have all played a part in the estabishment of the world wide web. (Nayab, 2017)

The International Telecommunications Union did a research in 2016, and found that almost half of the world’s population (about 47%) now has access to the internet, up from 16% in 2005 (Sanou, 2017). In 11 years, the number of internet users has risen drastically, and one could argue that is because of the introduction of smart phones and tablet PC’s. With the internet just at the palm of our hands, it’s no wonder why communication is changing little by little every day.  The Internet has thus increased the speed of communications manifold, and reduced the costs drastically.

The way of communication for myself has also changed dramatically, 10 years ago, I would have needed to buy a newspaper to get the days news, however, with smartphones, tablets and pocket PC’s available on the go, I no longer need to buy the newspaper and get the news, I can simply find the news on the internet.

Technology is now a huge part of our lives and as it grows more and more everyday, communication will change even more! For now though. The world truly is in the palm of our hands. (McFarlane, 2017)

References:

Sanou, B. (2017). ICT Facts and Figures 2016 (1st ed., p. 2). Geneva, Switzerland: ICT Data and Statistics Division. Retrieved from https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/facts/ICTFactsFigures2016.pdf

Nayab N, Edwards, G. How Has Technology Changed Communication?. (2017). Brighthub Project Management. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from http://www.brighthubpm.com/methods-strategies/79052-exploring-how-technology-has-changed-communication/

McFarlane, D. Social Communication in a Technology-Driven Society: A Philosophical Exploration of Factor-Impacts and Consequences. Retrieved 7 April 2017 from http://ac-journal.org/journal/pubs/2010/McFarlane.pdf

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