In this new up-to-date age of technology, we as humans always have our hands full, literally. Our attention is so occupied by a hand held mobile device called the smart phone. Smart phones are advanced mobile phones that satisfy all your computing and communicating needs. The first smart phone was invented by IBM (International Business Machines) in 1992. Since then the mobile technology has been on the rise. The demand for smart phones has increased significantly.
Smart phones have revolutionized different aspects of modern society in a positive way by: improving ways of communication, producing new career paths, and creating new ways to learn. The forms of communication undergo a constant evolution from simple to more complex. Communication is a part of history; from the caveman drawings and paintings on walls to the use of transmission of signals. There has always been a need to improve communication. Transitioning from traditional types of communication to a more modern communication, smart phones have gradually taken the shape of what communication looks like.
In this culture of social networking, mobile technology has become the icon for communication. Mobile technology has made communication quicker and more accessible. Ann Kaiser, a researcher at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, mentioned, “ New research indicates that children with autism who are minimally verbal can learn to speak later than previously thought, and iPads are playing an increasing role in making that happen. ” iPads, tablet computers designed by Apple, have become so popular today in society. It is another form of mobile technology that enhances communication.
Relating back to the research done by Kaiser, mobile technology highly improves communication by making language and thoughts more practical to the user. While technology in smart phones keeps advancing, new careers and job opportunities will start to surface. Most of the jobs that correlate to smart phones are software development, also known as programming. Now, smart phones tend to hold memories of new applications and these applications are programs that can range from being mobile cameras to simple games. According to the Washington, D. C.
-based Wireless Association, because new applications are on the rise, so are jobs, “Another piece of the smartphone ecosystem that has quickly developed is games and apps. The app economy has created more than a half-million jobs in the United States. ” As new things are being cultivated, such as smart phone applications, new jobs will rise. It is a simple model of cause and effect. While technology and smart phones advance, programs will be developed from the advancement; opening new fields of opportunity for new jobs. Smart phones impact society on a positive note by bringing in new jobs.
Because the access to the internet and educational applications are just at our fingertips, mobile technology’s mobility can foster new ways of learning. There are some disagreements and claims that are going around that smart phones actually make you “dumb. ” On contrary belief, smart phones can foster education. Carly Shuler, a Cooney Fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and author of the report Pockets of Potential, states, “First, these devices are mobile and allow the parent to encourage anywhere, anytime learning,” she says.
“The second advantage is that, because of their relatively low cost and ubiquity, these devices allow educators to reach underserved children that are geographically or economically disadvantaged. The third is that these devices can encourage 21st century skill like communication and collaboration. ” Parents believe that giving more liberty to their child, can hurt them. But we need to build relationships to trust and honor their children’s technique of learning. We live in the technology era and smart phones will help a child learn but people are so stuck to traditional ways of learning that learning from smart phones scare them.
People need to open and broaden their minds of new ways to learn. Shuler introduces a program called, iRead (Interactive Reading Experience with Adaptive Delivery) which is funded under the U. S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn initiative. (Can Smartphones Make Kids Smarter? 1) The iRead is a program that provides the user with many interactive tools. It is like a playlist as well so the user can pick and choose the learning content. Smart phones can create new experiences of learning if we start to let go of our old traditional ways of learning. As smart phones proceed into the future, more opportunities will begin to surface.
People should expect faster and more accessible communication, new fields of careers, and new traditions of learning. And it’s expected. Times are evolving and people simply need to just adapt to the technology evolution. Smart phones are what make up society today. Everyone that owns a smart phone is constantly on it to check for what is the latest and hottest trend. Smart phones keeps a user updated with the latest news, fashion, current events, etc. and it is all at the power of your finger tips. Smart phones have impacted society on a positive note by making communications quicker, creating more jobs, and innovating education.