The New Era of Computers
The new era of computers has changed the way people communicate versus decades ago. The digital age has shifted from a traditional industry to an economy that is based on computerized information. The World Wide Web has existed since 1969, and is now globalized, accelerating the flow of information and pushing older forms of media into obsolescence. A computer is an electronic device used for storing and processing data. Almost, everything that is an electronic is made or run by computers. These devices have become a popular way to permanently accumulate collaborative information. Businesses have become dependent on this type of digital machine to store their files, complete daily task, and keep track of payroll. Practically, every home is equipped with some type of computerized mechanism. People are now using these types of electronic devices to share or exchange information, versus the traditional way when people had face to face conversations. The new era of computers has caused people to interact and facilitate relationships by using online dating, social media, and video conferencing.
Online dating sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to partaking in romantic relationships. Online dating is the practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet. This will usually begin with a flurry of emails. However, the modern way of dating was to introduce people to one another or meet a person at a sports bar. Majority of people states that online dating is a good way to meet others. People in this period of time have become comfortable with expressing themselves with words contrary to their physical appearances, eliminating the likelihood of judgment and bias. Fifteen percent of U.S. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps (Smith 2016). Websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com are number one trusted, online dating sites for singles. These websites will allow a person to join their network for free to begin looking for the love of his or her life. People have a natural instinct for companionship, and the Internet has made the process of falling in love quicker than it used to be centuries ago. Research has shown that online dating is becoming more accepted over time and that attitudes towards it have become more positive (Smith & Duggan, 2013). It is also argued that the convenience and accessibility of Internet dating will stimulate increased usage and will help develop Internet dating into a social norm (Brooks, 2011).
Social media sites have revolutionized the way people communicate and socialize on the Web. Social media is a website or an application that enables a user to share, create or participate in social networking content. Facebook and Twitter are the two most popular, social media websites of this new era. Facebook allows registered users to create profiles, upload pictures, share pictures, and upload videos. Accepting a friend request is the first step to initiating a friendship with another Facebook user. Once the friend request is accepted, socializing can begin between the two users. According to Abutaleb (2015) Facebook had 1.55 billion monthly active users as of Sept. 30, up 14 percent from a year earlier. Of these, 1.39 billion used the service on mobile devices. Facebook has affected the activity and social life of people in various ways. Facebook allows people using computers or mobile phones to share photos, stay in touch with friends, relatives and other acquaintances wherever they are in the world, as long as there is access to the Internet. It has reunified lost family members and friends. Similar to Facebook, registered Twitter users can post and read tweets. Twitter is a good way to keep in touch with friends and promote student interaction. According to Hanna (2011), Companies and organizations are looking to online social marketing programs and campaigns in an effort to reach consumers. However, the challenge facing many companies is that although they recognize the need to be active in social media, they do not truly understand how to do it effectively, what performance indicators they should be measuring, and how they should measure them. Further, as companies develop social media strategies, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are too often treated as stand-alone elements rather than part of an integrated system.
Video Conferencing is not excluded from the new era of computers. The invention of the webcam has allowed people to communicate in ways that were not imaginable centuries ago. People no longer have to travel an extreme distance to have a meeting or discussion. Video conferencing have also become an alternative way for teachers and their students to communicate, contrary to the traditional way when face to face in the classroom was mandatory, this provides students and teachers with the opportunity to learn and teach by participating in two-way communication forums. Furthermore, teachers and lecturers worldwide can be brought to secluded or otherwise isolated educational facilities. Students from diverse backgrounds can learn about each other. Sometimes it is simply not possible to have direct meetings with two or more people. However, video conferencing adds another possible alternative, and can be considered when a live conversation is needed; the parties of the conversation can’t physically come to the same location; or the expense or time of travel is a consideration. For example, Facetime is a program on the iPhone that will allow iPhone carriers to communicate using video conferencing. According to Abdelkader (2014), it is a powerful alternative that educators can use to deliver instruction across distances. It can reduce barriers such as travel safety, costs, and time that can impede trips designed for intellectual exchanges as it offers a viable means to develop a platform for addressing social and work place changing.
In conclusion, computers are here to stay, and we can expect more inventions of new technology in the future. Apple Inc., Microsoft, and Dell are all major developers, designers, and sellers of computer electronics, computer software, and online services. Apple Inc. introduced the new all-in-one desktop that has all of its components, except the keyboard, built into the monitor. Contrary to Apple Inc., Dell is the developer of computers and software and not cell phones. On the other hand, Microsoft is best known for its software products. Some of the operating systems that are developed by Microsoft includes, but is not limited to, Windows XP; Windows 8; Windows 10; and Microsoft Office. In fact, Microsoft introduced a new browser in the year 2015 called Microsoft Edge that has an intelligent personal assistant named Cortana.
These companies are major contributors to the new computer era. Our society has grown to a culture that is connected through the Internet. Remote access will allow a person to control all Wi-Fi enable devices from his or her smart phone, Apple pay has capabilities to make purchases at a store using an iPhone or an Apple watch, and a car can be started and unlocked through a program called Onstar. These are all examples of the new revolution of technology. Things like electric cars, smart televisions, and other computerized machines have proven that computers are intelligent, and the world has become dependent upon them. Computers are an effective way to communicate and this can have a positive result on a person’s expectations and opportunities.