My general feeling towards technology is that it is an invaluable invention. It is now possible for international students to communicate with their family back at home using mobile phones and the emails. The introduction of Skype has made the deal even better. People can now talk face- to- face despite being thousands of miles apart. Pastoral communities in the heart of Africa have also adopted this new form of technology. They can now communicate with their counterparts to find out places with fresh pastures. The same communities can now communicate with the authorities in the event of a bandit attack or a medical emergency.
Using these examples, I feel technology has transformed lives positively. The use of Mobile banking has improved the standards of living in some developing countries (Hylank & Jacobsen, 2009). In such an arrangement, people send, receive and bank their money via mobile phones. However, the government has not put the effort in the utilization of technology as compared to private entities. Masuki et al. (2012) share the same notion that mobile technologies have transformed the lives of many people.
This group of researchers conducted a study in East Africa to determine the impact of mobile technologies on agricultural productivity. After the interviews, they found out that the farmers used their mobile phones to access vital information. The farmers easily accessed potential markets through communicating with one another. Additionally, the farmers searched the internet for possible ways to improve their productivity. The result was an increase in farming activities as compared to some years back when landline phones were in use (a preserve for the rich only).
The researchers also discovered that the farmers were more enthusiastic about mobile phones than any other form of communication technology. On the contrary, I also feel like technology has made the lives of many people an open book for anyone to read (Rashid & Elder, 2009).
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