Over the past few decades digitaltechnologyhas had a massive impact on North American culture. Imgage: djcphotos - flickr
Imgage: NW Sunshine - flickr We have had to adaptour culture to suit a world where text messaging is more common than phone calls and students can write entire research papers without ever entering a library.
Image: MaciejDakowicz – flickr What are some ways that digital technology has changed our culture?
1. Digital technology requires an entirely new set of etiquette. Today’s social media and digital technology requires an entirely new set of etiquette. Image: Aurborne Guy - flickr
Rules like “Don’t phone after 10 pm” are now obsolete. Image: Poetic Home - flickr
Replacing them are rules like: “E-mail first” and “Don’t call at all”. Image: Dennis Saaltink - flickr
And elbows on the table are nothing compared to the new-rude: calling and texting from the table. Image: therocketscientist - flickr
Image: SuperCubeVintage – flickr 2. We judge others based on the technology they own.
There are iPhone people, blackberry people, android people... …and those who do not even own a smartphone at all. Image: PACMan3000 - flickr
Image: ghino – flickr Some of us differentiate ourselves by personalizing our technology.
Some of us choose our technology based on what a certain brand or style will say about us. Image: jmetaylor - flickr
Image: cseeman - flickr 3. Educators have to keep the attention of pupils who are used to constantly multitasking.
Reading out of textbooks and simpleslidesno longer cut it. Image: textbookace - flickr
Image: sarahjanenyc1 - flickr The learning community has turned to more interactiveoptions, such as: iClickers, and even video games.
More and more coursesare being offered online. Image: heicktopiertz.com - flickr
Image: passive income dream.com - flickr 4. Relationships with others revolve around the use of technology.
Online dating has become common and new smartphone apps are emerging that help people find love based on GPS technology. Image: S Migol - flickr
Long distance relationships are made easier with social media sites and Skype. Image: Lynlypiochy - flickr
Image: kaleidoscope08 - flickr But one downside is that this technology has also made affairs far more accessible with some sites and apps emerging that are designed specifically for people looking cheat.
And if you do decide to end your relationship there is no need for any messy face-to-face interaction.
Image: alexsegre - flickr A simple text message will do.
Still not convincedthat digital technology has permanently affected our culture? Image: the Bacher family - flickr
Image: mady hatter - flickr Justtrygetting through one day without using your cellphone, laptop, MP3 player Facebook and Twitter accounts – or the internet at all.
Not ready to give it all up? I didn’t think so. Image: whaT a LoveLydAy - flickr