Saturday, April 10, 2010

Evolution of society 1

In the last ten years American society has changed dramatically. Over the last decade the world has made leaps and bounds in arenas of science, technology, politics, social issues, economy, and religion. Some changes in these arenas have revolutionized the way we interact as humans as well as how we establish global connections.

Technologically our world is entirely different from what it was in 2000. Our level of mass communication is unforeseen on a global scale. With the increasing use of the internet and other forms of technology such as GPS we have made it possible for globalization to occur. Furthermore the use of cell phone has risen by amazing proportions. I remember in the year 2000 when I was in grade school people in the in-crowd only had beepers. I would say in the year 2001 when I was in high school only a select few owned cell phones. However, in 2003 there was a shift in the population activity and more people began to purchase cell phones as they more readily available to the public. Then there was another shift in activity circa 2004 (when I first got to college) everybody began to utilize text messaging more frequently. A whole new era emerged in early 2007 when texting (text messaging) began to replace phone calls and personal interaction. House visits and phone calls are becoming obsolete because they are being replaced by text messaging. Text messaging has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that it decreases personal communication which can gradually deteriorate a community. In a text message there no non verbal cues or tone changes that can be detected so it is more difficult to understand somebody and a message can be easily misconstrued and taken the wrong way. The brevity of a text message is good if you want to get straight to the point.

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