Americans Are Hungry For Data

from Axios

A new Pew survey asked people the degree to which certain resources would help them access information to make better decisions. Consumers say they would benefit most from more mobile data, as opposed to library access or digital training.

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14 Responses to Americans Are Hungry For Data

  1. Andre Bakhos September 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    In the twenty-first century, it has become the norm for nearly everyone to carry a smartphone in his or her pocket. Nowadays, each person has the knowledge of millions of books, and then some, in the palm of their hand. Long gone are the days of biking or walking to your local library and using an encyclopedia to gather information for a project. As the world is growing more rapidly, the hunger for more accurate and readily available information is increasing, and books are to technology, as a supercar is to a bicycle.
    When looking at the data provided on the chart in the article, it is unsurprising how those surveyed in the study voted the “unlimited cell data plan” and “reliable home internet” as the most helpful in aiding U.S. adults to gather information to make decisions. Mobile data is what allows smartphone users to use the internet without a connection to WIFI. An unlimited amount of this would enable users an unrestrained time limit to search, stream, and communicate with people and resources around them. People with low-data limits are tethered to WIFI, and must ration out their use of mobile data to make it last the whole period, as they fear being charged when they use too much. If phone carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint allowed their users unlimited data for a slightly higher price than they are currently paying, then it would greatly aid the flow of information. Unfortunately, this would only occur in a perfect world, as phone carriers make a large profit charging for unlimited data and over-use penalties.
    It is equally unsurprising, that those whom participated in the survey voted that a “library closer to home” and “expanded hours at the local library” would provide the least help for adults looking to get information to make decisions. In today’s day and age, a book is simply obsolete compared to a smartphone or computer, in terms of efficiency of learning information. To those who still advocate that books and libraries are greater than computers and smartphones, why have libraries implemented computers? If books are indeed better, libraries would not need computers to attract more patrons. This is the sad reality that many libraries have to cope with; either implement computers, e-books, and online resources, or continue to lose customers. When information is needed immediately, such as during an emergency, books simply will not do. For example, if a person needed to find out what to do when someone is having a seizure, they would not have time to go to their local library, browse the sections, find a book on emergency procedures, look through the book, find how to handle a seizure, and go back to the incident to handle the emergency. They can now use their smartphone to search on google, and obtain an answer on how to control the seizure in less than ten seconds, preventing a tragedy such as serious injury or death.
    I remember dozens of times throughout my many years of school, how teachers would restrict the use of technology inside the classroom setting because “People need to learn how to live without technology” and how “it will not always be there.” Looking back on those times, I shake my head and think about how wrong those teachers were. Contrary to what those teachers and professors have said, it is now very necessary to begin implementing technology in classrooms, as some people have little to know clue on how to use it to enhance their daily activities and education, and are being left behind in the progressing world. As paper becomes more wasteful, harmful to the environment, and more inconvenient, it is time that these teachers update their education style, and take a course or two on how to implement technology into the classroom setting. Technology can open students up to the internet, where there are potentially thousands of articles and videos on subject matters pertaining to lessons, often serving as supplements to material already covered in class. However, although slower compared to the internet in terms of research, books do still have their place in regards to other activities. People can use them for stories, as textbooks in class, or for record keeping, as well as write in them, drawn in them, or use them for activities such as soduko, word searches, or crosswords.
    As technology is progressing, the use of books for gathering information is fading away, and shifting in a new age of readily accessed data. While opening a smartphone or tablet to read an E-book is easy and space saving, it will never come close to the satisfaction and relaxation of flipping through the pages of an old book. People should not think of books as useless, but as an outdated object, which has taken on a newer role in the world.

  2. Erik Peterson September 22, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    In this day and age, the internet is all of America’s hub for information. People seldom go anywhere without their trusty smart device hooked to their hip, because you never know when you might need it. Smart devices are so important to people today because they are able to access the internet at virtually anytime, from virtually anywhere. The possibilities are endless when we have our smart devices by our side. Unfortunately for places like the local library, book stores, and the local newspaper, these devices are running them out of business. This trend is very evident in the statistics supplied in the article. It is obvious that people tend to get their information from their cell phones, via the internet, or on the internet at home, as opposed to an extremely exciting and entertaining trip to the local library. The fact of the matter regarding this situation is that times have changed. People no longer have the need or desire to get dresses, get into the car, drive to wherever their library is, check out a book, read it, and then return it in the same process a few weeks later. It is much easier to whip out your cell phone, and google “how do I change the tires on my bicycle” or “great homemade cherry pie recipe.” It all comes down to the ease of access.
    We can also see this shift in the ways that the libraries and the cell companies operate. As people began to migrate to cell phones as their main source of information, many people found out that quite often, the connection was slow. I remember when Verizon used to have commercials for their “blazing fast 3G connection”, when today, 3G is so slow that I often just don’t use my phone when it is the only connection available. In response to this slow network, the cell companies upgraded to 4G connections, which are much faster. This is coupled with the fact that people are willing to pay a lot of money per month for unlimited plans. This upgrade made information that much more accessible to millions of new users. In response to the development of 4G, libraries and bookstores took a huge hit. As the article mentions, “Google suggests that 53% of consumers abandon a mobile site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load, and 47% expect a page to load in less than 2 seconds.” If we were to take this fact as the truth (I believe that it is pretty accurate), then why would anyone ever pick up a book ever again, seeing as it would take much longer than 3 seconds to get information out of a book. No one needs to go to the library anymore, when you could just get an ebook, find the answer to any question that you can think of, or even complete a task as easy as getting the news, all from the comfort of your own home.
    In the future, I would expect the survey found in the article to become even more technology heavy than it already is. Eventually, libraries will become completely obsolete. People rely so much on their cell phones nowadays, because of their many distinct advantages over everything else.

  3. Valerie Dorsett September 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    Who does not have a smartphone these days? It is very rare to find someone without a smartphone and if you do not own one, it is seen as a huge shock. People wonder how someone can survive without one, as if we did not do just fine without them in the past. People always have their phones on them no matter what situation they are in. They are basically mini computers since we can look up anything we want, at any time and have the answer in seconds. In the article, Americans are Hungry for Data by Sara Fischer, she surveys people just to see how dependent how they are on cellular data.

    Every town and school has their own library. Libraries used to be so popular years ago when they were the only source of information. However, now times have changed. Fischer surveyed people asking which resource would help them the most when it comes to gathering information. Fischer states her findings by adding, “Consumers say they would benefit most from more mobile data, as opposed to library access or digital training,” which tell us that people value the information that comes on from their phones digitally, rather than checking a library for a book that someone had to really know their facts in order to publish (Fischer). This is mainly because looking up something online with the help of data is a faster process. Many people search for the best cell phone company plan just to get a great data plan. Fischer explains that, “The demand for mobile data has transformed the telecom industry and has put more pressure on media companies to create lighter experiences on mobile that won’t eat all of consumers’ data,” which shows that data is completely taking over how people use the internet (Fischer). It also shows us that because of this new way of usage, many companies have to find a way in order for their customers to not use up so much data so that way they can use their service for a longer period of time, and not have to worry about whether they are using up all of their data, which would make their customers upset. Sadly, I am not surprised about the outcome of this research and expected it to look this way because nowadays it is as if our cell phones are glued to our hands.

    We enjoy when things can be done in seconds. There is a lot of pressure on media today that they push out their information as fast as they possibly can. Fischer found that, “Data from Google suggests that 53% of consumers abandon a mobile site if it takes more than three seconds to load and 47% expect a page to load in less than two seconds,” which tells us that a large amount of our population is used to the internet from our phones loading very quickly (Fischer). Even I can agree that this is true. If a mobile website does not load quickly I either refresh it very quickly or leave and find a different website that loads up right away. This also causes unlimited data plans on phones to be very popular. Some phone carriers do not always offer unlimited data, so that way their customers can pay for more data usage and they can make more money. Others offer special deals where between certain dates you can sign up for an unlimited data plan which most people want so badly that many people sign up for right away. My T-Mobile plan is unlimited everything for a set price a month which is very convenient.

    The old library days of the past are mainly gone. The survey results were posted in the article, which shows that 36% of people don’t spend expanded hours at their local library and 20% barely spend time there at all. Even people who live near a library rather use their data from their phones instead of going to a free library. I remember the days when I had to go to the library and borrow about four books in order to do a report for school, now all you have to do is a Google search and you will find millions of hits. Whenever we visit an area with no data and no Wi-Fi connection we ask ourselves, how can people live like this? Americans are very used to our advanced technological lifestyle. From here on, I can predict that people will only become even more dependent on data than we are now.

  4. Brian Ayoub September 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    A common theme for our society is for less and less people to utilize items that were once thought to be household names and switch to smartphones and online media. One example is Netflix and YouTube. I know for me and many of my friends and colleagues, we all rarely watch television and cable, and have switched to watch shows on Netflix and YouTube. Anything you want to watch comes at a click of a mouse for free on YouTube, and around 8-9 dollars a month for Netflix. Why pay 100 dollars a month for cable TV, and struggle to find something you want to watch on live TV, when you can watch virtually anything you want for a low price on YouTube and Netflix. The times for tradition television have come to a close, and the generation of online content has taken over.
    Another example of the shift in times is home phone verses cell phone. When I’m home, I hear the home phone ring at least seven times a day and not once is the person calling someone of relevance to my families lives. It is always a telemarketer. Everyone is so accustomed now to using their cell phones to communicate. These shifts that have taken place over the last five to ten years bring up a larger point that relate to the article “Americans are hungry for data.”
    Back in the day, humans would get all their information from books and libraries. Now however, all humans have to do is search for whatever they want on google and it comes up to them at that instant. The survey conducted showed that around 50% of people wanted unlimited cell phone data and reliable home internet and that does not surprise me at all. If you have unlimited fast internet connection and you own a smartphone, all the information in the world is available to you right as you desire it. This contrasts the 22% of people who desired longer library hours. This goes to show how irrelevant the world of books has become, and how dominant the internet has gotten. Why put yourself at a disadvantage trying to scout out information in a book when you could just get whatever you want by typing it out on google and getting your answer in an instant.
    This article does a great job of showing the current status of humans and how they want to acquire information and desire more data in able to satisfy their needs. I have a family plan of 16 GB’s of data share between four people. That is enough for my family since my parents don’t use their phones outside of the house so they can always use the WiFi. My sister and I however, destroy the data amount and get pretty close to going over the 16 GB limit most months. That has to do with being teenagers and having social media like Instagram and Snap chat. The only point I want to bring up is the importance of having informed family, friends, and networks of people around you. Somethings are just not able to be given on the internet like advice, good company, and good conversation. However, family and friends can definitely provide this for you. The rest of the points in this article are spot on. Humans can never have enough data and it is only going to get worse since the younger generations are getting smart phones at younger and younger ages as time goes on.

  5. Shiyun Ye September 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    As we notice by now, the trend of using smartphone is growing. Even in some developing countries where smartphones are not very prevalent, the increasing awareness and influence on using them is expanding. This phenomenon is more common in developed countries such as U.S. A survey conducted recently revealed that most Americans rely heavily on getting information from smartphones data. On the other hand, the least channel Americans get information from is library. It demonstrates how the technology has changed the way people live in this century. For example, news are delivered in e-mails instead of paper packs as before.

    Therefore, the demand for mobile data is a big concern for media companies and telecom companies. According to the survey mentioned, data has become a big part in America’s life so that if these companies want to make their audiences happy, they have to make use of data. The issue they face are similar: Medias are doing their best on finding the most interesting and valuable news to attract audiences to visit more on their sites; telecom companies are trying to produce the steadiest and fastest data plan or Wi-Fi plan for their customers to make them choose their companies and invest more. With the data plan, there are actually more and more they can do then before. For example, the news are delivered via e-mails, which is a digital platform. The moving pictures as well as the sound can be transmitted through the new way of getting information. Compared with the old way of getting information which is to spend time in library and look up details one by one, it is actually more time efficient and productive.

    However, some people argue that the excessive usage of data demonstrate a decreasing of intelligence. It is based on the way people’s reading speed and how much information they really get by glancing through bunch of unfiltered information sites. This is one of the biggest problems new century faces: the overwhelming information access. Most of them are qualified such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Strait Times. Nonetheless, with the convenient data plan, people get many information at the same time so they do not really read and interpret them comprehensively. Although other people argue that it is efficient and convenient for them to check news and get information whenever or wherever they want with the data plan, they do not deny the fact that they do not really read the news and interpret the information. Last, the heavy data usage is going to be the main trend for people nowadays because it is the best and the most convenient way of getting information.

  6. Jimmy Bedoya September 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Since the first technological advancements, the world, as well as the people, have been evolving in many ways. Besides changes on an individual and societal level, people have been adapting morally, mentally, and educationally. Before, it used to be heavily frowned upon to appear and act any different than the way society was accustomed to. People had to live by certain standards in order to be hired, make friends, and just generally be accepted by anyone, anywhere. However, in present-day people are pushed to be themselves and act as they please; there is more focus on the individual as opposed to society. Ideally speaking, this is a great way to have the society act and think in order to have people openly discuss their opinions and live a life in a manner they deem best and necessary. Yet people being as self-centered as they are, will become more ignorant and selfish as a result of this freedom of expression and freedom of living. Today, in America especially, the ignorance is at an all-time high and people have become attached and completely dependable on technology. Everything people do and think is affected entirely by technology and social media. People use technology and social media as an outlet, escape, a way of life, and for some, unfortunately, an addiction.

    According to the article, “Americans are hungry for data” by Sara Fischer, studies show that Americans have become entirely dependable on their cell phone’s unlimited data for research and to influence their decision-making. When compared to the internet at home, accessible through any form of PC, the study Sara conducted demonstrated that people chose their phones by 2% more. Even when compared to advice from a smarter, wiser individual or a library, phones were preferred. The whole entire generally presents that not only is technology more relied on by the general public but even in terms of technology, cell phones are become more depended on than computers. The technological advancements have exceeded so much that now people are choosing what form of tech is more important and preferable to them. This in a way shows ignorance by the human population because they are choosing to google questions as opposed to asking someone with great credibility or accessing a library with crucial amounts of information. Though this might be better for the individual, what the study yields, is that there will be a replacement of jobs and products in the near future. There is a high chance that libraries will become obsolete just as Blockbuster or any video store did when Netflix came into the picture. Additionally, there will also be changes for both the seller and the consumer in the technological and media world. Computers will start seeing a decrease in demand, which negatively effects any company or person selling them. For the consumer, AXIOS states that any cell phone carrier they choose will most likely expose the consumer to unlimited data plans. AXIOS also suggests that due to the increasing need for data, consumers will begin to abandon and not use apps or carriers that work slowly. A report shows that 53% of consumers abandon websites if they take more than three seconds to load, and 47% of consumers expect pages to load in less than 2 seconds. This means media companies will have to start developing faster ways for whatever it is they are marketing/selling in order to keep the consumer’s attention. These statistics, reiterate not only the necessity of technology but also the pride and ignorance of a person to not use his/her sources properly and to the fullest extent.

  7. Greg D'Ottavi September 29, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    Technology has increased in more ways in the past twenty years than ever before and the production of new ideas and innovations does not seem to be slowing. One of the most impactful advancements that has taken over our society is smart phones. Cellular devices are now just as capable if not more than your average home computer, and with the upcoming release of Apple’s new iPhone X, the world of cell phones will be changed forever. This article briefly highlights how important cellular devices have become to most Americans.
    Sara Fisher opens by highlighting a very interesting statistic about adults in the United States and their top source of information to make decisions. Unsurprisingly enough, 50% of adults chose an unlimited data plan when given that option. This made me step back for a second and truly realize what cell phones have become for so many people. The fact that someone can wake up in the morning and find out all the news from that day, the weather, and even plan their entire work schedule, all through a cell phone, is amazing. The uses of a phone have expanded past anyone’s belief and are now a staple of society in the United States. Personally, I have had a cell phone for almost ten years now and a smart phone for over six so my comfortability with this technology is at a higher level than most adults I know. Even with that said it was striking to me how this survey and research was based on adult information, not teenagers or younger generation citizens.
    The importance of cell phone technology and innovation does not only have affects on the people using these products, but also telecom and media companies. Fisher points out that the increase of mobile demand is putting an immense amount of pressure on both industries. Telecom companies are no longer just telecom companies, they are evolving into multimedia giants. Companies like Verizon and AT&T have had to completely reform their mobile plan platforms to fit the smart phone age. Cell phone carriers intensely compete with each other for the upper hand in who has the better data usage plans. As someone who gets nearly all of their information or news and entertainment from their cell phone, a good data plan will continue to be very important to me. Currently, my parents are nice enough to cover those charges for me, but eventually I will be paying my own phone bills and by that point, choosing a sufficient data plan will be crucial.
    Fisher wraps up by suggesting another important aspect in the demand for mobile data is the pressure on media companies. Media companies have been introduced to an advertising platform like never before with the use of social media and the internet now on cell phones. Major companies are able to reach millions of users at once and it has put a huge demand on them to compete for efficiency and popularity. The article states that over 50% of users will abandon a site or mobile application if it takes longer than three seconds to load. That statistic alone is one of the most absurd facts I have ever heard and personally makes me feel ridiculous because I know it is true. Three seconds has become too long of a wait for society and the pressure to meet that three second window is through the roof. Technology has become a competitive giant that is in very high demand and as one of its users, I am very interested to see where the next step takes society.

  8. Meghan Healy September 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    It is no secret that we are heavily dependent on technology and the internet. We live in a data driven society. One does not need to see this bar graph to know that most people would prefer utilizing unlimited data over making a trip to the nearest library. Looking at the graph, I was even surprised that 25% of US adults said it would help to get information to make decisions if there was a library closer to home, with 22% saying it would help if there were extended hours at the library. I was also surprised that 19% said an unlimited cell data plan would not help at all. In today’s society, I would think that almost no one would need or even want a library to get information. Most people are so glued to their mobile devices that they probably would not even know where the nearest library is.

    Given this information, it is no wonder that the older generations think technology is turning us into lazy, antisocial robots. Also seen in the graph, people would even prefer depending on their phone than asking a friend or family member for information to make decisions. Why take a few seconds to communicate with another human being when you can use that time to ask the internet? All one needs is data and Google. It does not take a technologically trained professional to type words into a search bar. Only 31% of those surveyed said training on reliable online resources would help, and 28% said training on the use of smartphones and the internet would help. Why go through all that work of being trained? At that point, more people would rather ask a friend or family member.

    It is also mentioned in this article that 53% of consumers leave a website if it takes more than three seconds to load, and 47% expect the site to load in two seconds. Because of this, media companies need to work on creating “lighter experiences on mobile that won’t eat all of consumer’s data.” Most people of today’s day and age have grown shorter attention spans. We have spent 5 years watching vines of 6 second content. More phone companies are coming up with more desirable data plans. Verizon recently introduced a free data plan for customers. The catch is, however, that after 22 GB of data usage on a line, one’s data connection could slow down. This restriction asks the question of how unlimited plans like this really are, if the quality decreases at a certain point. It seems a little ridiculous that people would rather pay for a data plan than go to their free local library. Even when people do go to the library, it is often to use their computers.

    At Seton Hall, most students go to the library to get their homework done in an environment that is not their dorm room. The books generally remain untouched. Most students probably would not even know where in the library to find the book they were looking for – they would probably resort to the library’s website on their phone to locate the book. Soon enough, libraries will cease to exist altogether. Kids still in early elementary school have phones now. Schools will still try to prohibit cell phone usage is class, but once these kids reach high school and college, most of their teachers and professors will allow it. Even if this prohibition exists, it will not stop these kids from using the internet for help on their homework. Kids today have realized that typing a question in a search engine and receiving an answer in seconds is far easier than searching for it in their textbook. With the rate we are currently going, data and the internet will be all we need to receive information and to live our daily lives.

  9. Nicholas Kerins October 6, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Data and how the consumer gets it is always changing. With phones at our fingertips we have access to a wealth of knowledge from where are the nearest tacos are to the score of game five in the 1967 world series. This information is making us smarter consumers, travelers, and people overall, but at what cost. The short article or survey report I read gave a lot of data on this issue using a powerful graph and some short discussion points.
    The article “Americans are hungry for Data” gave statistics on What would help U.S. adults get information to make decisions? This question can be interpreted as to where consumers want to get more data out of, their response was mobile plans. Our phones have certain limits on how much streaming we can do offline. We buy data plans from our phone carriers at high prices. Since the introduction of the smartphone consumers have abandoned books, desktop computers and asking others to share knowledge, we have the answers to most of our questions. The fact that a survey can ask what would make a U.S adult a more informed individual and have the response be more phone data shows the shift in thinking adults have as to what makes them smarter. Long gone are the days of going to the library to read and find an answer. While growing up I have always had access to computers, the teachers in school tried to refer us to books and encyclopedias to find out more info but it was too late. The digital age has arrived. The article then explains what this means for businesses that provided cell service, telecom companies will need to give cheaper and quicker service. As the demand rises they will have to change their servers to keep up. Along with the convenience of the phone as the data grows bigger the security dies not keep up. So many companies are rushing to provide immense amounts of data that they are forgetting to figure off the best way to keep your information safe. As boring as books are now they weren’t going to steal your credit card info.
    The other responses to this article go into similar explanations of why they too would chose using a phone to find their answer rather than books. One person goes even as far as to put down the library system saying we no longer need libraries and the only reason they still are in existence is the fact they have computers. I see that as a little extreme. Phones and the internet have surpassed books as far as knowledge, but print should always be in circulation. It will be interesting to see as technology grows will phones become obsolete and how much will we pay to support our new devices? Overall my thinking was spurred by what I read and it made me reflect on what I use my phone for everyday. But more importantly could I survive without it.

  10. Rebecca Hu October 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Technology is deeply embedded in our society. Almost everyone in America has access to a mobile device, whether it is a cell phone, a tablet or laptop. According to the survey reported in this article, 50% of Americans use the data plan on the cell phone to make decisions. I have to admit I am one of those who use my cell phone to search information needed to help me make a decision. I remember that before technology was accessible to everyone in the developed world. Cell phone data plan was really expensive and super slow.
    Now with the entire change in the consumer trend, it forces the telecom companies to change their strategy to approach their consumer usage. When I lived in Hong Kong I found that the cell phone usage was especially high. Everywhere you go in Hong Kong people are on their phone, and it’s not one phone is multiple phones and tablets. People are walking, commuting with their eyes on their devices, it is crazy. Strong signals covered throughout Hong Kong, seems like once there are no internet connections people don’t know what to do.
    I find it kind of scary, personally when I have to make a decision whether it is a purchase decision or a very important decision. I need to google it and see other people’s opinion and experience with the decision. It is good to have certain expectation knowing what you are investing is committed to doing. When I see a negative comment I almost automatically put a death sentence on the goods or services provided. Almost it seems like we are unable to make a decision with our own limited knowledge and critical thinking.
    The article suggested that “the need for data means that consumers will continue to abandon slow or convoluted mobile websites or apps that waste mobile data load”. Which indicates that the current trend of relying upon our mobile devices and data plan will continue. We have witnessed the development and growth of the internet and wifi stage. Where it seems like everything can be accessed on a computer, now we are moving to the next stage.
    Taking what we have already and condense it make it more accessible on the palm of our hands. Of course, it brings a lot of positive aspects in our daily life. Where we don’t have to be chained in front of a desk for work or school. It offers us more flexibility for the consumers. However, everything has two sides so is it with technology. It is a double edge sword. People become so addicted and obsessed with the device in their hands. We forget the basic interactions with other that we have been doing since the Stone Age. Evolution did not design our neck to be looking down on our cell phones for 24 hours and 7 days. We are supposed to look each other in the face and have interaction. In my personal opinion with this survey indicating that 50% of Americans use their data plan for advice on decision making, it indicates that half of the population rely upon the internet for decision making. I don’t think this is going to make human race better, smarter, instead, it indicates we are thinking less. We are trained to look for answers on the internet nor from knowledge and educated guesses.

  11. TraceeF October 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    I am not surprised at the fact that mobile data was chosen over libraries and other forms of consuming information. It is apparent that due to this media companies will have to find more innovative way to distribute information, but seeing as the technology movement is on the uprise, I don’t feel as if they would have much of a problem meeting that requirement. What does worry me is the fact that less and less people are willing to visit libraries, and what that could possibly mean for the future of libraries.
    Another interesting aspect of this article is the fact that not only has technology become a extremely large revolution but the effects that it has on those who consume it. Technology is a powerful source of information and is so widely and easily obtainable by everyone that it makes for an amazing educational tool. Although this is true, the fact that the technology is so easily accessed has many negative affects such as lack of attention span and the constant need to be entertained.

  12. Tianqi xu October 20, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    This article gives a survey report showing the needs of Americans in the current society for the network. Can be seen more and more people for the network requirements are very high. In such a hand a mobile phone (or multiple mobile phones), basically everyone has a computer, and each person will spend a lot of time every day on the Internet. So in such a network age, there is nothing away from the network.
    One of the most obvious examples is the people around you. I remember life in my junior high school, we will chat with people around, go out to play. But now this time, even the party we are also playing their own mobile phone, we communicate less and less. What makes me surprised is that many people even on the same occasion, they will use mobile phones to communicate. May be a lot of people’s life is to work / school with a computer office, back home after playing video games or playing mobile phones. Life more and more inseparable from the phone, get up at first glance to see the phone, sleep at night to see the eyes before the phone is also seen. This life has become a normal state.

    I admit that mobile phones, computers, these electronic products do give people a great convenience. Through the network can learn new knowledge, contact friends far away, or concerned about their interest in things. But they also have a certain negative impact. Modern people are too dependent on these electronic products, so that there is no way to live these things may not continue. For example, no computer on the upload can not work, no mobile phone can not follow the video in another place. If the world is broken all day, the world order may become messy.

    Good things really need to use, but excessive use of each thing may not be a good thing.

  13. Leah Hannawacker November 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    Mobile data is something American’s need an endless supply of. Based on these results in evident that mobile data is important while at home and traveling. Most common is the unlimited data celluar plan and the least used is using internet at the library. Based on our generation always being on the go and traveling, mobile data makes the most sense for fast paced American lifestyles. Most people have wifi where ever they go and most resturaunts have free wifi to elevate data use while people are out doing activities or dining. Most mobile data usages is contributed to the addiction we have to social media. Most applications on our smart phones require wifi or some sort of data, so we are most reliant to have service to communicate to our friends. A few years ago there was not a lot of unlimited data options available for telecom companies. There was always a charge for GB and an overcharge when you exceeded your limit. Now most phone companies offer the idea of the unlimited data plan but the price per month for a phone bill is much higher to accomadate the data usage. I think mobile data that is unlimited is a good idea because it is something that is needed for many basic necessatices on a phone in order for it to function. The only things that don’t need service are calls, games and SMS text messages. Overall, mobile data usages is at an all time high for the 21st century based on popular social media uses, relying on google and GPS navigation.

  14. Rayjohn Felicia February 23, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    In today’s society, the invention of the Internet has been instrumental into shaping the world, as we know it. The Internet has resulted into a fast paced society where almost everyone in modernized countries use it daily. For the first time in history, information can collective be stored onto the Internet and can be accessed in a mere seconds. This has played a crucial part in how people make decisions. Recently, I have notice that people today rely on the experiences of others via the Internet in making decisions that will proved to be beneficial to the person in the future. For example, if people wanted to order products online from a website, they have the ability to look up reviews on the website. On websites like Yelp, people can rate the easiness and efficiency the website is in delivering the product. They can also see if the product is worth their money and is of the high quality that is advertised. Need to plan a vacation? People can look at the website TripAdvisor to read about the experiences other customers had at the destinations the people planning the trip are looking at. For more important matters, people can also look at the reviews and stock trends of companies they are looking to invest into. They are able to observe through the Internet how well the company is doing at any second. And they are able to execute a decision within seconds. Overall, this has proved to be a positive tool the Internet can provide to people. Using data on the internet can help people make more educated decisions and can provide a way for people to make decisions that will affect their future.
    In my personal experience, I use data provided on the Internet almost everyday. For example, I rely on data on the Internet when purchasing or renting books for my classes. When looking for my books, I use site reviews in order to find ways to save the most money when purchasing books. I also use data to compare overall prices, tax included, plus shipping and handling in order to make a better decision for myself. Another example would be when I buy products online. I rely on data on the Internet to determine the legitimacy of the website and use reviews to give me more details on the overall quality of the product and the reliability and efficiency of the mailing services to make sure I get my products in a timely manner. In my personal experience of using data for the future, an example would be when I choose to attend my university. During my senior year of high school, I had been accepted to different colleges. Where I spent my four years in college and how attending the college would be better for my future was a big decision in my life. The process that I underwent when choosing a college to attend, I relied almost exclusively on data on the Internet. I compared tuition prices, the level of professionalism, the benefits of attending different colleges, the community around the college, etc. I also researched the strength of my program and which college can help me with my career. Ultimately, the data provided to me from the Internet proved to be the focal point in committing to my current university and without the information, this process could have been more difficult and I could have potentially made a bas decision.

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