The creators of the Internet, which was created as a project financed by the United States government agency and mobile telephony, did not expect that the fruit of their ideas will be the medium that will revolutionize the way of communication and the flow of information. What is more, they did not also realize that is will be used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, regardless of cultural circles. One of the basic features of the Internet is its globality and mass, and its main feature is the community that uses and develops the network. Anonymity and thus a sense of security and impunity guarantees them the opportunity to many free contacts with others through the Internet.
While the first half of the nineties, mobile telephony and the Internet developed in parallel and independently, now the technologies are inextricably linked. The first mobile phone is considered to be a model developed by Motorola DynaTAC. The prototype was created in 1973s. The development of mobile telephony has had a huge impact on the globalization process. Here comes the question whether 1973s marks the beginning of the disappearance of the real interaction between people? Furthermore, maybe this is another stage in the development of globalism? The answer to these questions is: definitely yes!
Online communication is often easier form of contact with people than talking face to face. These conclusions were reached by the staff Ochanomizu University, who conducted the study among Japanese students. In addition, majority of direct communication is inhibited by shyness and the fear of rejection. A person who have more friends on-line and at the same time maintains less direct relationships – as a consequence they are still increasingly developing their company network. Sherry Turkle, a known sociologist in the book titled Life on the Screen: identify in the Age of Internet argued that the development of the Internet may lead to social Internet autism. She also talks about this issue on the TED platform – Connected but alone?
Series of photographs titled The Death of Conversation reveal the true picture of the society trapped in the network. Ask yourself if you do not kill yourself every second when you unlock the screen of your smartphone again. Instead of living among people, we surround ourselves with inventions and do not even notice how they are taking control of us. The development of the information society seems to be unstoppable and for some reasons – as the example of the European Union’s policy, so desirable. The basic question is, when developing as the information society don’t we kill in the bud what is the most beautiful – never unspoken words?
So who is the winner in today‘s mobile world? Powerful communication companies and their users, who thanks to technology live easier? More accurate question would be: ‘Who is the victim?‘ You or I? In fact – We, who lose the opportunity to talk over coffee and actually we may never meet…
By: Ewelina Gargala
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