Digital Connectivity and the Future of Communication

In our technology obsessed world, people are becoming more and more connected than ever before. The world has seen an explosive growth in connectivity over the last five years, and the next five look to see an even further expansion of communication and digital oneness. History has shown that a new medium will take shape and become a standard every few decades, but since the mid-20th century, there has been a rapid-fire evolution of how communication technology advances and connects people around the world. 

The future global shift of human communication looks at technology to bring us closer and closer together. Every time we see an advancement in communication technology, like with smartphones and social media, foreign countries don’t seem so far away because we’re able to find people halfway around the world who share our same interests. We have now come to the point in human existence where Mars doesn’t seem so far away anymore either. We’re continually striving for more, and this connectedness will soon prove that people won’t be happy with just one device — it will no longer be sufficient, and each year more people will own two or more mobile devices to consume exorbitant amounts of data.

This isn’t surprising, considering the fact that mobile data traffic in 2011 was 8 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. With so much happening in mobile, this connectivity has been compared to the internet boom of the late 1990s, which is why Facebook has been trying hard to master the mobile platform — it’s where people are headed.

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