What Has Caused the Increased Use of Digital Technology over the Last 2 Decades and What Effects Has This Had on How Communication Occurs?

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Over the last two decades, digital technology has become an essential part of people’s daily life and has caused an enormous influence on how the communication occurs. According to the research of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU), there were only 500 million mobile users in the 2000,but ten years later in the 2010,this number reached 4.6 billion(2010).Digital technology is a base two process, because the digitized information is recorded in binary code which is the combination of the digits 0 and 1. And it is applied in modern electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. Some of the reasons why there is a increase in the use of digital technology are generally considered to be the effect of conformity, promotion in…show more content…
Moreover, social media is even more important to those who suffer from physical or mental disabilities. ″Social media gives voices to individuals marginalised and ignored by traditional media, enabling the world to hear these voices for the first time in history. ″says Glenda Watson(Healey). In the same time, it also give them the tools that can be used to stay connected with the world. And for the ones that suffer from anxiety, they can have opportunities to communicate or play games with other on the internet without feeling anxious(Novotney,2012). Further more, in a study of 63 Cornell University students, researchers have found that people are reported to be more confident after spending time on their Facebook than looking at a mirror(Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking,2011). This is because Facebook can show a positive picture of ourselves, says Jeffrey Hancock, a communications professor of Cornell. But there are also negative influence, people spending too much time online may sacrifice their time spending with real-life friends, this could lead to the loose of face-to-face communication ability. ‘when we do that, we miss the connections that count, with the people we love, with our physical surroundings.’ says Turkle , the author of Alone Together. And a study of 99 undergraduates led by Holly
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