I was a teenanger when cell phones really exploded on to the scene. Middle school offered flip phones and semi-flat, sleek smartphones that were nowhere near as smart as today’s phones. But what I am getting at is, I have seen what the mobile phone explosion did to my age group, it reshaped everything about the way we communicated and it actually broke down barriers, while constructing a few in the process. I have always thought these new technologies have been more effective at alienating people and destroying the idea of face-to-face communication and relationships. I took those thoughts and constructed a personal hate for some of these technological innovations.
I am going to admit something. I was wrong about technology. Its great.
Something that has resonated with me lately, mobile devices are excellent resources for growth and learning and collaboration. I keep my phone on myself nearly 90% of the day and probably use it just as much. I keep in constant interaction with information through the podcasts I listen to, use different apps to check my emails and watch lectures for iSchool, and have recently worked alongside another librarian to incorporate the use of the social-gaming network, Discord, as a resource to strengthen internal communication among staff. My opinions towards technological have begun to evolve.
There was one item I wanted to address before concluding my thoughts on our most recent modules. From a historian’s perspective, while reading “Smartphone ownership is growing rapidly around the world, but not always equally”, it was stated that “In most emerging economies…ownership rates [of smartphones] across all age groups tend to be lower than those seen in advanced economies” (Silver, 2019). My question: If developed countries have a wider access to information and the ability to create information on greater platforms, what will this mean for the history and the future of third world, developing countries? What information will be lost because of a lack of access to new technology? What information will be manipulated by other countries? What if those countries aren’t friendly? Will unequal access to technological innovations create a skewed, unequal history of the world? Not that history is balanced in the first place, nevertheless, I am sure the future will witness the loss of cultural and social histories of some groups of people due to this unequal mobile access.
Silver, L. (2019). Smartphone ownership is growing rapidly around the world, but not always equally. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2019/02/05/smartphone-ownership-is-growing-rapidly-around-the-world-but-not-always-equally/