It really wasn’t too long ago that cellphones became mainstream. Sure, car phones were around in the 70’s and 80’s and cellphones were with people in the 90’s, but it was in the 21st century when they became mainstream. Just shy of 16 years into the 21st century, and communication devices have evolved much more than just the introduction of cellphones.
As a matter of fact, people don’t talk nearly as much on their phones anymore. They text, use social media and use apps for communication, and they also use devices aside from their cellphones, such as tablets and laptops. Video chat is increasingly popular, and it’s truly changing the way people wish to communicate.
It’s really interesting to me because I gave up my cellphone a couple years ago, and it has made me communicate in a way that is outside the norm. I work from my laptop, and while I don’t use a cellphone, I text and make calls from my laptop. There are plenty of websites that cater to this without charging you a dime, but of course they also have calling and texting plans available for people that use the same site frequently. I can do the same things I used to do on my cell phone like last minute get together for pizza and gaming.
With people complaining about the costs of cellphone services, it makes you wonder why more people aren’t doing what I’m doing. The cellphone companies after all are getting rid of contracts and trying to cut monthly costs for consumers when it comes to their cellphone bills. They know that something has to give when it comes to people having to pay over 100 dollars a month to be able to have enough data to use for their mobile devices.
Data has everything to do with modern communication, and this trend is only going to keep pushing forward. What are cellphone companies going to do about it? What are communication devices going to look like in the future? It seems as though the touchscreen smartphones and tablets have been around for quite some time. Time is the keyword here, as it’s only a matter of time before a new invention or new technology surfaces and takes over.
It’s really hard at this point to imagine anything more involved than a touchscreen mobile phone that allows you to do essentially everything. And that is precisely what makes it very intriguing because it could be that communication takes a huge step forward once we finally see the replacement for modern day smartphones.