Cell phones will go down as one of the most important inventions of our time. They have changed the way we connect to others halfway around the world. They’ve introduced simpler ways of doing business, like banking or online shopping. Cell phones have revolutionized the entire human race, in ways we couldn’t have imagined 30 years ago. Here are 3 ways that cell phones have changed the way we communicate and interact with each other.
1. The World is Connected
6 billion people around the world have access to a cell phone. 5 billion of those users are from developing countries. There are an estimated 7 billion people in the world. And to really put the impact of cell phones into perspective, the number of users in 2000 was just 1 billion.
So in the past 15 years, the number of cell phone users has jumped dramatically to 6 billion.
The reason for cell phones’ jump in usage is for a variety of reasons, but one solid reason is that it bridges the gap between people. While it was possible to make long-distance calls before cell phones, they weren’t really all too functional and you couldn’t call too many places. The invention of the cell phone changed that.
In developing countries where it was difficult and expensive to build landlines without constant electricity, the cell phone brought portability and no need for a landline in third-world nations. Towers were built instead and all of a sudden it wasn’t foreign to patch a call from the U.S. to India.
2. It’s Cut Down on Time
Cell phones have made it faster to communicate with those far away from us. Instead of needing to send a letter or actually go visit someone, cell phones have enabled us to video chat, call, and text others quickly. In this day and age, it’s unfathomable to send a letter to reach someone (except in special cases). But 30 years ago, that was the reality.
Before the cell phone, the only way to make a call was through a landline or a payphone. There wasn’t anything like a portable phone to bring anywhere you went. Now imagine for a second that you lived in that time. If you were in an emergency, prepare to walk a few miles just to find help or a phone.
Nowadays, we just whip out our cell phones and call for help without breaking a sweat. For developing countries where landlines and payphones don’t even exist, this has been a revelation. health workers in these countries could call doctors immediately to diagnose an emergency through the phone or receive medicine.
So the next time you call, text, or chat with someone, take a second to appreciate the value of a cell phone. Take a second to realize the global impact the little devices have had. Cell phones have evolved us, and it only keeps getting better.