Technology of all kinds has come to play a vital role in society. Medical technology has helped abolish certain ailments and given people access to better medical care; education has been improved throughout the world thanks to access to technology; the Internet now serves as the best way for society to connect with itself and with communities throughout the world. Mobile technology, however, has become vital to human society and may actually determine the course of our future for years to come.
In the past, only a select few could actually access the Internet. Then, Internet access became available to anyone with a desktop computer at their homes, schools, and workplaces. In those days, the Internet was somewhat stationary and had a modest role in society. With laptops, the Internet became more mobile, allowing people to access the digital world outside of their homes. Smartphones took this to a new level, allowing people to remain connected to the digital space indefinitely. This constant connection has served to change the way that people interact with the world around them.
Through the use of mobile technology, people can stay in constant contact with their friends and other loved ones no matter where they are in the world. Smartphones and tablets have also allowed people to shop online no matter where they may be. Access to mobile games has opened up new entertainment opportunities. In general, mobile technology has, quite literally, changed the way people behave and how they spend their time.
Technology may have brought many positive changes to society, but it is also creating a generation that is not accustomed to waiting for anything. Many young people with access to mobile technology are becoming heavily reliant on their mobile devices. They use these devices to communicate with one another at an unprecedented rate. These devices are even used in school and regularly serve as a distraction. The prevalence of mobile technology also means that younger people have access to tools that older generations were never able to use until very recently.
Mobile technology is continuing to change society as a whole and how far this change will go is impossible to say. As people become more reliant on mobile technology, they may be less inclined to interact beyond the digital space. On the other hand, continued mobile integration could make people more social and comfortable with interacting with one another. Mobile technology is also having an impact on what people have come to expect of the world around them. Life in the digital world is often rewarded with near instantaneous gratification, whereas life in the physical world is not so fast-paced.