According to CITA, an International Wireless nonprofit organization, 91% of Americans carry a cell phone as of 2009, and those numbers have continued to expand. Now more than ever, with the growing popularity of the iPhone and Droid, cell phones have become both a necessity and an addiction.
In past decades, landlines were an essential part of the home, but with cell phone giants like Apple, wireless communication is quickly eliminating the need for both a home phone and cell. Now, phones do much more than dial, and let’s be honest — landlines don’t have Angry Birds or Restaurant Finder Apps.
“Snail” Mail vs. Email
Electronic tablets, such as Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Pad, Amazon’s Kindle or the BlackBerry Playbook, have been 2010’s newest toy. According to the Washington Post, “average daily circulation of all U.S. newspapers has been in decline since 1987″ and “has hit its lowest level in seven decades.”
Newspapers have been undoubtedly hit hard — as major stations are reporting record losses, cuts and even closures across the country. Despite the change in the medium which news is delivered, there will always be a desire and need for the public to be informed and educated on current events. It’s just that now news is viewed on a 9 x 5 LED screen — not paper.
Video Rental Stores
Some of my fondest childhood memories include “Power Rangers: The Movie” and the newest Nintendo 64 game — both of which were rented from the local Blockbuster. Video rental stores, like Blockbuster, have been slowly declining in business over the past 6 years as online sites such as Netflix and RedBox have stolen much of the business which these stores once had.
Having closed over 600 stores in just the past three years and reported record losses in the hundreds of millions, it’s no wonder Blockbuster is struggling to stay afloat. According to an article by MSNBC.com, “Blockbuster Inc. may close as many as 960 stores by the end of next year,” primarily in response to appeal and ease of online streaming — in a society glued to their computer screens.
As a current student at ASU, I recognize that most classes still meet in a physical room with a paper syllabus and wooden desks from the Jimmy Carter administration. However, as technology of educational tools increases, so does the medium with which it is taught.
Arizona State University offered over 700 online classes this spring, which range from Managerial Economics to History of Hip Hop. It’s not just ASU, but virtually all major universities across the country offer online classes and degrees, and sites like Blackboard allow professors to post assignments and readings for the week online.