I’ve spent hours of researching online, just to understand the term convergence and find a good example. But while going from one page to another I realised.. The answer was in my hands.
As a representatives of the new generation, I think, that each of us owns a smartphone and uses it everyday. So we are all aware of the advantages that it offers. I don’t know about you.. but I have never actually thought about my phone as a replacement of many other things. Well it is – of a camera, a newspaper, a calculator, a calendar, a dictionary and so on. So if convergence is “coming together of distinct and separate factors or phenomenon such as technologies” (According to Business Dictionary), the smartphone, in my opinion, is the perfect example.
If few years ago our phones offered us some good advantages and were the replacement of some essential things from our everyday life ..
.. Today, ALL we need is our smartphone.
Examples of things, which an iPhone replaces:
go to the library > use iBooks (for magazines as well)
go to the supermarket > order online
buy newspapers > read online newspapers (download free news apps)
buy a dictionary > download one on your phone (or two or three..)
buy a map > use the ‘Maps’ app
buy a camera > you already have it
watch the weather forecast > use the ‘Weather’ app
search for information in Google > ask ‘Siri’
.. and these are just a few of the things, which I can do/access just by a click of a finger.
– everything happens faster
– our life is much easier
– less stressful
– it is also cheaper (no need to buy many devices. one is enough)
– more interesting (knowing that the whole world is in your hands is exciting, isn’t it?!)
To conclude, today’s smartphone puts everything we need in our everyday life together to make things much easier and faster for us. Unfortunately, we still have to eat, drink and go to the toilet by ourselves. But who knows how far would the development of new technologies go..
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