Digital in the 21st Century

Without revealing my age, I can say that in my formative years, there was no cable television, mobile phones had not entered the market, the internet was a distant dream and social media was not common parlance.

The last two decades have witnessed unprecedented developments in the digital arena and I for one find this trend very exciting. Few of us give this much thought, but to witness the turn of the century and the beginning of a millennium is momentous. A new millennium is synonymous with economic, political and digital change and innovation. We have in fact entered an age where digital technology and social media have emerged as important and relevant tools to promote business growth and enhance networking opportunities. However, I am of the belief that those of us, who have lived in times preceding this digital revolution, must retain our learnings from the past, interweave it with the opportunities of the present and create an age where digital technology and social media is harnessed judiciously and with grace & charm.

Making the internet work for you rather than becoming a slave to the internet – To say that the internet has changed the way we can access and search for information, is an understatement. However, we must be vigilant and exercise good judgement while garnering information from the net. It is vital to be cautious and check sources and imperative not to blindly believe everything we read. Especially for students and youngsters, it is vital not to lose the quest for knowledge or the urge for curiosity, just because information is available at your fingertips. Reading and referring to books must never become outdated. Avoid the pitfall of becoming blasé about the wonder of the world around you. The virtual world of the internet can never be a substitute for travelling, reading or learning from real life experiences. Adults must regulate internet sites and usage for the impressionable.

Developing Mobile phone Etiquettes – The mobile phone is undoubtedly a great invention and it is no surprise that it has caught the imagination of both young and old and has become an integral part of our daily life. It is indeed the ideal way to stay in touch on the move and be easily accessible and even accountable. However, with the widespread use of mobile phones, we need to adopt the right mobile phone usage etiquettes. Due importance must be given to simple practices like not speaking too loudly in public places and ensuring that your cell phone ring tone is inoffensive and not too jarring. Moreover we must respect places where cell phones usage must be avoided such as schools, hospitals, recitals, plays and aircrafts.

Social Media – Network or Nuisance…the choice is yours – The past decade has seen a significant rise in social media networks. Social media is a great way to network with friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. At the same time one must respect boundaries. In one’s enthusiasm to embrace social media, one must take care that one does not become a nuisance. Stalking and misuse of personal information are some of the fallouts of this phenomenon. In addition, checking social media sites can become obsessive and addictive and one must self-monitor the time spent on these networks.

The 21st century is indeed a century of digital innovation with the mushrooming of next generation devices like smartphones and tablets. At the same time, let’s also endeavour to make it an age where all things digital are harnessed with humanity, dignity and decorum.

Posted By: Supriya Mathur, Team WEBO
Posted On: November 14, 2012

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