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Cell Phones Today Bring People "Face-to-Face" with Apps like FaceTime and Skype


Source: artinstitutes.edu
Most people with a cell phone today have a "smart" one that does so much more than it was created to do. Originally, cell phones were large and bulky, but cordless so people could communicate on the go. According to The Art Institutes, cell phones were primarily for business use and not often used by the general population. 

Today, we see people more often checking email, playing games, or reading the news than they are using their phones to call each other. The use of the other applications on smart phones has increased greatly since they were introduced. The Art Institutes' article went so far as to call cell phones a "virtual toolbox" because it has solutions to almost anything.
Source: U.S. General Services Administration
The avenues to connect people have drastically expanded from just voice calls; texting, email and "face-to-face" communication are all possible on a mobile device now. I'm sure when cell phones were first created no one expected them to have the capability to let you see another person's face in real time, like FaceTime or Skype does. It's an amazing way to connect people so realistically when they can't physically be together. FaceTime is like having an in person conversation with anyone, you just have to pull them out of your back pocket.


Technological convergence makes FaceTime possible, changing the way people use technology, one video call at a time. cultural convergence is heavily involved in smartphone use, inviting an active audience and allowing original content to be reproduced. Users can easily create content on their phones, without having to wait to access a computer, and share it with the touch of a button. Social media is a great platform for sharing original work or links to others' works. Cell phones with such capabilities also foster a "24/7 media environment", because users have more control over when they can access content. Before we know it, we'll be able to control all aspects of our lives from our phones, just a tap away.

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