Christian Long

Jan Chipchase: Our Mobile Phones

In TED Talks on May 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Reflection by MICHAEL P.

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Jan Chipchase:  Our Mobile Phones

Phones are an incredibly important part of modern society. Whether that is good or bad depends is up to you. Cellphones connect you to everyone and everything else. I think this is great, but not to the point of you cannot even relax without your pocket ringing. While it is great to be able to talk to anyone you want anytime you want, that also makes it almost impossible to ever have time to yourself. You always get calls and texts about work and school.

When was the last time your cellphone was not in your immediate vicinity?

You feel like you cannot go anywhere without your phone. It feels like you are going to miss and important call every time you are without your phone. Phones almost seem like they are vital to our survival. Phones allow you to leave someone a message whenever it is convenient for you, and they can look at it or listen to it when it is convenient for them. Also, phones allow for much more than just communication. I think it is very interesting how poor, undeveloped countries can use cellphones as a kind of banking system. Even a country as undeveloped as Uganda has a more modern address and identity than we do in America. A phone number can be used to get in touch with you anywhere, anytime. The definition of identity is changing.

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