In my last blog I wrote about how we use information systems all the time in our daily lives. In my blog today I will be discussing how the majority of us people living in the 21st century have an over-dependency on information systems.
As I mentioned in my last blog about how we use the Internet almost for everything from once we wake up till we hit the pillow at night time, we rely on it a lot of things such as for a source of communication whether it’s through e-mails, skyping or using the most obvious source of social networking sites such as Facebook. Facebook makes it extremely easy to find and keep in contact with friends and family. It’s available on your phone so you can log in while away from the computer, feeding your addiction and reliance on such a system. It can really take over your life in a short matter of time. Some might say, what would we do without Facebook? As of Dec 31,2012 there are 2,183,760 Irish Facebook users subscribers (46.2% penetration rate.) If Facebook didn’t exist where would all these people turn to for a source of commutation? It seems that the interpersonal relationship once valued highly is not of much importance to human now because of the new ways to communicate.
Many systems have been developed for the purpose of sending some sort of message. A mobile phone may be used as another source for communication through sending text messages from one part of the world all the ways to the other. With this current efﬁciency of instant messaging more and more people are becoming overly dependent up to the point of addiction. We really do rely heavily on mobile phones not just for the sake of communication, but also for the purpose of extinguishing boredom. Whenever we leave the house, mobile phones are always a must in our pockets. From reading an interesting UK study, it shows that about 66 % of people are afraid of either losing or being separated from their phones. While 41 % of people say they have more than one phone. Those between the ages of 18 and 24 were most dependent on mobile technology. This anxiety of being without a phone is termed “nomophobia” (Something I believe many of us have).
Not only do we rely heavily on information systems but also do companies that operate solely online. eBay which is an online auction and shopping website where people can buy and sell a range of goods and services, rely heavy on information systems to carry out their business, by which any fault could lead to a huge loss of sales and profit. In return would contribute to many angry buyers and sellers.
Other companies whether its Amazon or shopping outlets even food supermarkets such as Tesco rely on their information systems such as the Internet as that is where a lot of their margin of profit comes from.
From our computers to our mobile phones to all the other devices that provide us with information systems, they are the gateway to the information highway, however at times when these devices such as the computer breaks down, we could feel somewhat cut off from society. We need to realise that overreliance could prove detrimental to our well-being and futures if these information systems are not carefully utilise.