First of all, R.I.P Steve Jobs.
He is the man who changed the way we communicate and brought us from Internet mode to “I”-era. The day when iPhone 4s was launched, many people were disappointed because it’s not an iPhone 5, however, the new iPhone 4s introduced the new voice control system called Siri, which you can command the phone simply by talking to “her”.
This new technology allows us using the phone without the need to hold it and it liberals us from physical technology dependency. However, it seems a little creepy to me, it’s like you are having a little assistant in your mind, and she is ready to sell your information to the public any minute. It’s just the idea of someone who is not a real-life person is going to be my very best friend is so bizarre to me.
There is also a problem of the decline of face to face interpersonal communication. With all the text messages and instant messages, it is not difficult to understand why people choosing communicate through the phone over talking to each other in person. Are we losing the ability to develop a close interpersonal relationship because of all the smart phones? I think so. Especially for the coming generation, they were born in a world with all these external devices surrounding, they are extremely lack of interpersonal communication skills. They can make new friends everyday, but it is very difficult for them to maintain along-term friendship or relationship with anyone. For example, one of my younger cosines is still on high school, even he and his parents are living under the same roof, they “talk” to each other by texting. One day, he is texting me about the girl problem he has, he said he is having a crush for the girl sitting right behind him in the French class. And since he doesn’t have that girl’s number, he doesn’t know how to start a conversation with her without texting her about something. And for him, girls are like these electronic devices, he needs to “updates” his girlfriend in a time basis. By update, I mean dump the old one and get a new one.
I don’t mean to be cynical, but sometimes these new technologies do have their downsides, even we know this is going to change our world more rapidly and in a good way.I just want to pay some respects here to the man who has changed the way we do things, the way we communicate, and the way we think. What Jobs has left us is a brand new page that awaits for a new innovator to take us to the next chapter of our advance communication future.