One of the priority tasks of the Literary High Street project is to allow users access the website primarily with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Except of developing a unique mobile experience for users, it drives me to start exploring the influences of mobile technology to human’s lives as it is being so widely used in modern society. As we all know, the world is being connected much closer because of the development of information technology. The evolution of the information technology shows how human’s lives are being changes. Speaking of the advanced information technology today, mobile technology cannot be ignored. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s “The World in 2010″ report, 90% of the world population has access to mobile networks (Shein, 2010). What’s more, it is estimated that mobile devices are going to replace PCs when people are surfing the webs by the year 2013. Also, mobile technology will also occupy people’s daily lives in many aspects in the future. For example, it will replace credit or debit card to make a payment, it will obsolete the digital camera to take photos and it will replace video players to play videos. There is no doubt that mobile devices have already penetrated in people’s daily lives. If you do not admit it, think about what is the first thing you touched in the morning? Your toothbrush, parents? No, it’s your mobile phone. Mobile technology brings lots of positive effects to human’s lives but it takes some negative influences to us as well.
Mobile technology improved people’s lives in many different aspects. Firstly, it makes people become much closer with each other through texting, social networking apps, video or voice phone calling and any other social activities. It provides users various contact ways to satisfy different needs. People can choose the most comfortable and suitable way for themselves to contact friends and families. Secondly, mobile technology also can relax people in their spare time by providing them various entertainments. Unlike the cell phone in1995, cell phone can do no more than just make a phone call. People can use it surf the Internet, play games, read e-books, take photos and videos, and so on. In addition, the mobile technology also favors people’s work a lot. People do not have to work at offices. They don’t have to worry about the unexpected work problems occurred during their vacation since they can deal with it by the mobile devices distantly. Another application on work is the use of CRM system. By viewing customers’ information on the tablets or mobile phones, sales can access customers’ information within a limited time, such as on their way to see customers so that they can provide thoughtful services (Business link, 2012). Finally, mobile technology makes life easier as well. In the past, you could see most tourists hold a map on the street, while they use the GPS and even tour guide applications instead of it nowadays. Besides, people can get the weather information anytime they want through the mobile devices rather than only through the newspaper, radio and TV. Generally speaking, with the advanced mobile technology, people benefit a lot from it.
However, from another point of view, the development of the mobile technology also has its negative side. They say that every coin has two sides. Although mobile technology brings convenience to human’s lives, it would influences people’s lives negatively on both physical and mental level when it comes to overuse of the mobile technology. Firstly, Since mobile devices provides so many convenient features, lots of people become lazier to do things on their own efforts such as visit friends, buy things in store, and so on. As time past, they will suffer from the hearth issues because of the lack of exercises and radiation from electrical devices. Secondly, the overuse of mobile technology harms people mentally as well. As the development of the mobile technology, people neglect the real sprite level communication with others since they rely too much on mobile devices. Previously, the only way to do face to face communication is to meet in person, while people can also do face-to-face communication through making a video call today. From the surface, it seems that people are more connected with each other, however, the truth is not like that. The worst thing is that people are tired to think by themselves when problems occur because of mobile technology. With mobile devices people can search for answer for any questions on the Internet, which will leads them lose the sprite to do innovative brainstorming. Therefore, people should use the mobile technology properly rather than rely on it totally.
To sum up, mobile technology has both good sides and bad sides. The most important issue is how to use it properly. Only by using it properly, people’s lives will become conveniently and beneficially.
Business link (2012) Mobile technology. Available at: www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=1074298219&type=RESOURCES. (Accessed: 27th April 2012).
Shein, E. (2010) Mobile Networks Penetrate 90% Of World’s Population. Available at: www.informationweek.com/news/smb/mobile/227900281 . (Accessed: 23th April 2012).