Technology Becomes Personal

This was the decade hand-held devices achieved ubiquity.  Cell phones and iPods came to reflect who we are and gave us the means to broadcast our lives – our thoughts, music and photos – to the world.

Online connections formed at a breakneck pace – perhaps too fast for some – through social media web sites like Facebook and MySpace.  Knowledge – some of it even factual – was shared through the evolution of Wikipedia.  And Twitter came along in the tailing years of the decade and taught everyone from tweens to aging politicians how to chronicle their lives in 140-character bursts.

To give you an idea of the insanity brought about by being “in-touch”, the number of text messages sent each month in the United States in the year 2000 was 12.2 million.  In ten short years, that number exploded to 135 billion text messages!

How many of those messages were yours?

Adapted from the Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2009

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