Today I logged in to my facebook account after a week. I needed to know what is happening around the world. Then I bumped into this uplifting speech by president Obama on white house summit on global development shared by Strive Masiyiwa.
My inbox had an article by google on where we are in technology and where we are heading. I looked at the image then read through the article and I agreed with POTUS that we are living in the most advanced, most peaceful era in the history of humankind. We have access to more opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.
Technology has literally broken barriers to communication. The growth in mobile phone usage in the world has been tremendous. In 2015, there were 7 Billion mobile phones subscriptions in developed nations which represented 97% penetration up from 10% fifteen years ago according to financial times.
With the emergence and dominance of the internet, we experience a completely different form of communication today. More people have access to the internet today. Wolf writes on financial times that in 2015, 85% of households in developed countries had access to the internet.
Internet companies like Facebook and Twitter have emerged and become a bedrock in modern day communication. Mobile phones applications like skype and Whatsapp which rely on the internet have become dominant. This has kept friends and family closer than ever before.
Geographical,linguistic and cultural barriers no longer exist. Distance has been reduced and the world has been reduced to a global village. Technology may have brought us together and may make the world a smaller place but it takes in- language communication to unite people from across the world.
Technology has not only impacted the way people communicate but has revolutionized the way businesses communicate with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. The internet has made advertising easier and cheaper and more targeted to specific audience.
With technology, the communication quality has greatly improved, the response has become almost instant giving people greater access to opportunity, and messages are no longer distorted.
In the absence of mobile phones in Africa in the 1980’s, use of letters was popular among family members. But letters would be misrouted and get lost along the way. Students missed university admission letters.
Today letters have been replaced by electronic mails (e-mails), telephone booths have been replaced by more effective and efficient mobile phones.
There were about 100,000 phones lines in Nigeria a decade ago mostly landlines run by the state-owned telecoms behemoth, NITEL. Today NITEL is dead, and Nigeria has close to 100 million mobile phones and people no longer need to meet physically as a group, teleconferencing is the order of the day.
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