Shift from stationary home connectivity to ubiquitous connectivity
Stationary Home Connectivity: Computers, landline phones, televisions, fax machines, DVD players etc
The whole world has been caught up in a shift from stationary home connectivity (computers, house phones, televisions) to a ubiquitous connectivity; which is the ability to be everywhere at once.
This ability to be in touch with everything at once is now taken for granted and we are consumed by a lifetime of being in the know then and there through our accessibility with ubiquitous connectivity.
There are a couple of basic trends which emphasise this move. People these days are almost ruined if they happen to leave their phone at home as they automatically become out of touch with the connected space. The other is that so many older people like our own parents are also becoming up to date with these movements in technologies, which would not have been the case some decades ago.
Caroline Bassett makes an interesting point about this new connected space allowing people to have a sense of satisfaction and peace in the business of the world, “the space of the city is often indifferent and I am anonymous and lost in the crowd; however on my phone, in my own space, I matter.”
With social media these days everybody has a voice and this perception offers a different reason as to the popularity of this openness of the connected space other than just being a convenience.
What is connected space?
A connected space, is a space where any two points can be joined by a path.
Connected Space when explaing the use of a Smartphone:
Path= The use of a mobile device
Two points= People who are trying to communicate
So in otherwords the space between the individuals can be connected using a smart phone. This aims to explain that no matter where the indivuals may be or the space between them; whether they are thousands of kilometres apart or just around the corner from one another, they can still be connected (this can be the connection between individuals or even the connection to your own connected space; the device).
What does it mean that our connected body moves through an increasingly information-rich local space?
Rich-media social communications are on the rise. Mobile services have increased in information accessibility, for example: being able to search the news on your smartphone when you wake up instead of having to watch the news on television. Individuals are discovering new information a lot quicker by using networks such as; Facebook or Twitter. As your friends write status updates about events your automatically informed about what is happening all over the world.
Many individuals heard about the kidnapping of Jill Meagher, or the accidental death of the AFL football player John McCarthy in Las Vegas over the internet first before it even was shown on the Television channels and in John McCarthy’s case even before his own family or friends found out. All information is now available easily and a lot quicker.
Easiness and portability of smartphones
Today’s cell phones are able to access the net; which would make checking emails a lot easier, online banking/shopping, receive and send various files and photos, download music/books, gaming, and some of the mobile phones have inbuilt GPS technology and thus such mobile phones could be used in the most locations across the world.
Due to the advance in wireless technology mobile phone reception has become quite reliable. This allows for individuals with smartphones to connect to the internet a lot quicker and also to make video calls to the other side of the world and be connected with the fastest networks. The advance in wireless technology is also recognised to benefit businesses. Businesses depend on mobile communication, and especially the communication through email; clients and customers are now easier and quicker to contact with their smartphones (being able to email an individual regardless of your/their location).
The ability to connect to the internet through a few clicking of buttons through a small and lightweight device located in our pocket has seen the increase in smart phones sales over PC’s in recent years.
It is far easier to people to utilise their phones capability to connect to the internet than it is sit down, turn on the computer, wait for the computer to load, wait for some updates to install, log in, wait for programs to load and then to only have a faulty internet connection.
Is society becoming lazy and demanding on the need to have information and sources brought to them instantaneously combined with the easiness and swiftness of smart phones?
Australia’s obsession with smartphones
According to Apple “Behind Singapore Australia has the highest smartphone penetration in the world at 37 per cent and we’re also consuming more apps, the research revealed. Australians have on average 25 apps on their phone (eight of which are paid), versus 23 for the US and Britain”
Some would argue that Australia should be in fact the leader in this field as Singapore is an ex-pat rich country and that Australia’s facts are actually a true reflected of the prevalence of smart phones.
Where are we headed?
Considering we are all part of this revolution, do you believe it has had a positive or negative impact on society?
With this dramatic shift and increase in popularity of easy to use ubiquitous connectivity where is the world heading considering how quick this rise has been?