Hello Mango Fans. This morning after talking to another fellow Mango about our study abroad experiences, it got me thinking about how technology has changed our lives. When he went on a study abroad trip a couple decades ago, communicating with people back home wasn't as easy. One was left with the options of writing letters by hand and the occasional, expensive, landline phone call. When I studied abroad last year in Madrid, I sent picture messages to my friends back home, updated my Facebook status through my Blackberry, and got to physically communicate with my family and friends for free with Skype.
We treat technology as a family member, even if that is a little co-dependent. You can't blame us, though; it's certainly made aspects of our lives easier! We're no longer forced to send letters through the postal service, book vacations through travel agents, shop in stores, visit the library for research material, or wait for our photos to be developed. Thanks to technology, all of these activities can be performed either digitally or online.
Think about it, kids these days don't have to get caught passing notes to each other, they can just text. Instead of buying greeting cards at Hallmark we can send ecards for special occasions that get delivered instantaneously to multiple people. We are no longer bound to long-distance charges, either. Many folks have already kicked their landline phones to the curb and replaced them with Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) and mobile phones.
With thousands of applications now available at our fingertips with the use of iPhones, Blackberrys , and other smartphones (including the Mango iPhone application), people are more addicted to their phones than ever before. The world we live in is moving at, what feels like, the speed of light when it comes to technology. For the most part, however, technology does us more good than harm: it's reconnected us with old college roommates, helped us learn foreign languages, and encouraged us to exercise.
As you read this blog on your iPad, laptop, smartphone, or even TV screen think about the ways technology has changed your life.
Maybe in a couple more decades, when students sign up for to study abroad they can be teleported across the pond any time they choose. We'll see...