According to the Cisco mobile data forecast, there will be 11.6 billion mobile-connected devices by 2021. Already, there are more phones than people on this planet, and that figure is only set to grow. Since the first mobile phone was invented in 1973, the popularity of the handheld device has continued to rise. In the last decade, smartphones, in particular, have become an essential part of life, especially in Africa where technology hasn’t been as effectual in the past. However, how have these changes impacted the world? Have they made us more connected around the globe? And if so, how?
Staying in touch
One of the most obvious ways mobile phones have created a more connected world is our ability to now stay in touch with friends and family, even if they’re on the other side of the planet. Before mobile phones, there wasn’t much chance of hearing from someone if they decided to move out of Africa. You would either have to hope for a letter, or they would come back and visit from time to time. Staying connected seemed extremely difficult, even just a decade ago.
Now, using our mobile phones, we can keep in touch with loved ones wherever they may be. It seems as though Facebook is our favourite way to stay connected, according to a survey by ding. In Ghana alone, 83% of people asked said that Facebook was their social network of choice. Being able to share photos and updates with our friends and families have made sure we can keep everyone in the loop – without having to send a letter.
Reading the news
Before the rise of smartphones, it wasn’t always easy for us to find out what was happening around the world. This led to a form of disconnect as if we were a million miles away from things going on in other parts of the globe. Nowadays, however, we can access world news at the click of a button – or touchscreen!
Dedicated news apps and websites ensure we can stay connected to the rest of the world, with headlines and updates. While not all of them may be positive, it helps us feel as though there isn’t so much disconnect between ourselves and the rest of the planet. We can make better and more informed decisions, which ultimately expand our knowledge and insight.
Learning new things
Along the same lines, mobile phones have made it easier for us to be able to learn new things, too. Perhaps you access Geekie World on your smartphone, where you can learn lots of interesting techy things – such as how to read deleted messages on Whatsapp. Even just reading this article, you may learn something new!
There are also plenty of apps and websites out there, dedicated to teaching you new things. Whether it’s teaching your child English or learning to code, there will be an app that makes life easier. Without this kind of technology, we would have to rely solely on the education system. Now, those who want to learn outside of school, can.
From keeping in touch with family to learning something new, mobile phones have certainly created a more connected world. What other connections do you think you’d lose without a mobile phone? How has having a phone kept you connected in unique ways? Let us know in the comments!