While there are those who believe digital communications are ruining our youth, there are others who recognize that there are a number of benefits inherent in this technology. It is true that digital communications have taken over, especially through texting and social media, but that is only the social aspect. There are many, many ways in which digital communications are transforming our world, and here are three of the most important.
Consider for a moment that there are just over 7 billion people on earth and of those, a recent study conducted by the International Telecommunication Union indicated that there are 6.8 billion cell phones in operation. This means that those around the globe who had little or no access to banking and healthcare, for example, can now access these services 24/7 without the need to often drive hundreds of miles. Even in developing countries, the majority of people still have mobile devices and can now access services never before possible.
Besides security, the speed of digital communications is the biggest benefit of all. Imagine taking out that iPhone 6 with its trendy protective case and immediately being able to communicate with Aunt Tillie on the other side of the world. In past generations, it would sometimes take days to go through long distance operators and carriers and, that was if hard-wired service was available. But in terms of speed of transmissions, now we can text long messages, transfer files and send photos back and forth in mere moments. The speed at which you can share voice and data transmissions is amazing and even a couple decades ago would have been food for the latest sci-fi flick.
3) Connection – Sharing of Information
Then there is the connection factor. Those of you who are old enough to remember when car phones were the size of a small lunch pail and were actually wired into your vehicle can understand how connection was almost impossible when on the road. Now we have mobile phones, portable printers, tablets, laptops and an array of digital applications that make it possible to connect and share huge data files from wherever we happen to be. Digital data banks reside in ‘the Cloud’ and you don’t even need to have access to a mainframe to upload and share information that previously had to be printed and sent by courier or faxed, whichever was cheaper and quicker.
So you see, digital communications are transforming our world in more ways than we can even imagine. From offering access to services never before accessible from certain locations to the speed in which those services can be transmitted. Information can be shared without even having access to another company or person’s mainframe because it can live in the clouds from now until eternity. The next big item on digital communications is going to be digitally transmitted 3-D files to be viewed and approved, such as those from an architect to a builder, and there will no longer even be a need for teleconferences which could take days to schedule. It’s a new world we live in, transformed by the many innovations of digital technology.