How the Mobile Phone has Changed Our Lives


Who would’ve predicted in the early 90s that the mobile phone would play such a crucial role in our day-to-day lives!? Perhaps you weren’t even born in the 90s. Maybe the mobile phone is all you know. Let Home-Connect tell you, there was a time in the not too distant past where the mobile phone didn’t exist. Where the only type of phone people had was a landline, and once you left the house, you were pretty much uncontactable. Safe to say, those days are as gone as the dinosaurs. These days the mobile phone is like wearing clothes… it’s always on you. And the only time you find yourself offline is when you take an airplane overseas and the pilot asks you to put that mobile device on airplane mode.
Here’s how the mobile phone has changed our lives in the 21st century.


1.) Access to a wealth of knowledge

The mobile phone gives us access, at the drop of a hat, to a wealth of knowledge. Gone are the days of lugging out a hefty encyclopedia to find out what the longest river on earth is or what the biggest planet in our solar system is. What to know any objective fact – you simply have to whip out your phone and ask Google. We have accesses to a wealth of knowledge all the time and pretty much wherever you go (unless of course you’re in the middle of nowhere and don’t have cellphone reception).
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2.) Google Maps

Believe it or not – but there was a time when people used to have to use a physical map to figure how to get somewhere. Or someone would have to verbally describe how to get to their house: Take Da Game road, at the third big tree, take a left into Chestnut Avenue etc etc. Imagine how much of a nightmare being a delivery driver was! You’d literally spend the better part of your life with your nose buried in a map. That’s no way to live! These days, you simply type the address in Google Maps and you get directed via the fastest route (most times) to exactly where you’re going. You barely even have to use your brain. You basically just arrive. Here’s to the joys of Google Maps.

3.) Social Media

20 years ago social media wasn’t a term people used. Now the term social media is as commonly used as the word ‘thank you’ or ‘please’. Okay, maybe that’s an over exaggeration – but you get what we’re trying to say. It is commonly believed that the first social media site was Six Degrees, which was made by Andrew Weinreich in 1997. Six Degrees was fairly popular until Tom Anderson invented MySpace which allowed its users to make profiles that played music and change their backgrounds etc. Myspace quickly became the most used social media website in the world. And then Facebook happened. Invented my Mr. Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, Facebook went public in 2006, and people flocked to the site. Over the years, Facebook did a lot to stay on top. It watched its competitors and added their most popular traits to its own site. Now almost everyone you know spends a considerable time on their smartphones scrolling through their social media site of preference on the daily.

4.) Streaming Media

Gone are the days of the television set taking centre stage in the living room. Not too long ago, families gathered around the TV set in their lounge to enjoy their favourite programs. And you couldn’t simply decide what you wanted to watch when like Netflix, you had to follow the TV guide closely to plan your time around when your fave program was airing. These days, you can stream your favourite shows or podcasts from your phone wherever you are and watch what you want when you want. Streaming media has taken the TV in your living room, compacted it, improved it – and made it available all the time! Here’s to never being bored!
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