Revans (1998) recognises that everything and everyone is constantly changing and suggests that individuals cannot develop unless their rate of change is equal to or greater than the rate of change being experienced around them.
When you reflect on the past development of the computer, technology has changed so fast, it now gives us access and choice of media that we wouldn’t have believed as little as 5 years ago.
The information revolution has an immeasurable impact. It has created a global society; entire cultures remain in transition. Our thinking, our means of communication and the way we organise our lives have been irreversibly transformed. It is now virtually impossible to envisage a world without computers.
When you consider the following quotes from computing history the scale and rate of changes was not evident in the following quote:
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” Thomas Watson 1943 (Chairman IBM)
However, this individual definitely had insight:
“In 20 or 30 years you’ll be able to hold in your hand as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city. Or even the whole world” Douglas Engelbart, 1968 (co-inventor of the computer mouse)
Individuals have been categorised throughout time to explain their adaption and attitude towards technology.
Babyboomers are those of us born between 1943 and 1960 and ‘Generation X’’ born between 1961 and 1981 and the younger generations, the so called generation Y, Virtual or Net-generations, born after 1982.
The net generation is described by Tapscott as “I came to the conclusion that the defining characteristic of an entire generation was that they were the first to be growing up digital. They are different to any other generation because they were the first to grow up surrounded by digital media.”
For the first time in history, children are more comfortable, knowledgeable and literate than their parents with an innovation central to society.
Clearly there has been considerable progress throughout the years with technology and the way we communicate. This has had an impact on the intimacy of today’s communication and the model below demonstrates this and the progression and in some ways deterioration of the natural connections we make in our every day contacts.