The Development Of Mobile Phone With Internet Capabilities Essay

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Similar to the industrial revolution that vastly shifted the society that the canonical social theorists were living through, today’s society is going through its own revolution. This is a revolution of rapidly advancing technologies centered on the Internet and computer processing systems that have shaped the way that “modern” individuals communicate, connect and interact with one another. Central to this communication revolution has been the development of the mobile phone with internet capabilities; for the time in human history, handheld devices unite people from all around the world with each other and with the majority of collective human knowledge. While this has been a great boon in many respects, this transition is not without its flaws.
“Phubbing” (a portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing”) is one such kink in communication revolution that plagues “modern” day interactions (Cha, 2015). James Roberts (2015) describes phubbing as “practice of looking at your phone in a social situation instead of giving someone your full attention”. A strikingly recent development due to the omnipresence of technology, this can happen in almost any interaction between people – between lovers, co-workers, groups of friends, family members, on public transportation, in class, etc (Roberts, 2015). A study conducted by Roberts found that 46.3 percent of respondents said that their romantic partners had phubbed them with 22.6 percent indicating that it had caused relationship issues…

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