Digital technology is growing at the speed of light. Check out these amazing stats on how it’s impacting our culture
It is said that culture takes decades to change. Digital technology has changed that.
The fact is that in 16 short years since the world wide web was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, cell phones became a almost a “right” and our culture has changed dramatically as a result. We went from a word-of-mouth, face-to-face, read the newspaper type of society to one that is heads down and thumbs typing.
Today, almost every activity you participate in is being recorded and shared.
The average person spends more time online than TV and all other media (newspapers, magazines, etc.) combined. [Branding Bricks]
How much change has occurred? Consider these stunning facts:
- Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing. [NASA]
- The average person unlocks his or her smartphone 110 times each day. [Time]
- 47% of U.S. smartphone owners say their smartphone is something they “couldn’t live without.” [Pew Research Fact Tank]
- 47% of millennials said in a survey they sometimes use their Smartphones to avoid people around them. [Pew Research]
and last but not least, but possibly a sad statement on the impact of phones:
- More people now have mobile telephones around the world than have access to a flush toilet. [Forbes]
What’s it mean?
So today it seems that technology is impacting culture on a weekly…on a daily basis…
I think intuitively we know this change is happening. But I also think we don’t realize and appreciate the magnitude of the impact of these changes on our lives, our families, our activities.
Take time to appreciate the changes we are seeing. Put technology in perspective. Maybe even take a moment to shut down the phone and look at what’s surrounding you.
The past may not be as technologically advanced but they may have a thing or two on how to socially interact.
Here’s a resource to dig a little deeper.