Would you have imagined twenty years ago that today almost 6,000 million users would spend an average of 20 minutes using their mobiles? Would you have imagined twenty years ago that 40% of those mobiles would have virtual screens?

The pictures I am illustrating this post with are quite ironic about how things have changed from a few years ago to current times, but they are not that far away from reality. The last 20 years of non-stop innovation have very much influenced our current way of life, for good or ill. Don’t you think so? Therefore, the generation gap has become insurmountable.

On March 2009, the British diary The Telegraph published the top ten innovations that helped out to change the world… up to that date. You can figure out how quickly new technologies hit our lives when from that 13th of March to present we could add hundreds of more inventions worthy of mention, whereas some others from the list are now obsolete.

Throughout the 70’s, a technological race was initiated in order to make our lives better and easier, and they (whoever they were) won. Now, we cannot survive without a GPS or an Internet browser. A usual microwave, which today we consider essential among our kitchen appliances, led us to change our eating habits.

how things have changed

Nevertheless, the deepest change in our social behaviours started when mobiles and game consoles arrived. Do you remember when we were children and we couldn’t wait to get home from school and get out to play with friends? On the 90’s, PlayStation intended to be on the top of entertaining, and they did achieved that, indeed.

how things have changed

And when we all are still getting used to these new (and not that new) technologies, Mark Zuckerberg came  to modify all our socialising habits, in a way that even mobile texts are currently old-fashioned. Chats, meetings, trends, news, pictures and videos on streaming are nowadays a daily routine for almost one billion people around the world (it is likely that Facebook will hit that number of users by this summer). Since then, a social war to capture the online market has lead to the appearance of the word “sociaholic” (addicted to Social Networking), a word that seems to define an increasing percentage of population. Do you remember the last person you saw talking on the mobile? I don’t: everybody uses video conferences or WhatsApp instead 😉

how things have changed

The use of debit and credit cards, both virtual and physical, online stores, new online payment systems, the rapid spread of smartphones, iPhones and tablets, as well as 3D televisions and movies… According to detractors, all those inventions are leading us to solitude. Those who are in favor of social inventions, including myself, are quite sure that all this significant progress will make us freer. Free to really enjoy our day in whatever way we prefer, online or offline. Free to share, online or offline. Free to talk, show, see, want, have, and give away… In a well-balanced manner, of course.

What will be next? Well, go straight away to warm a soup up in the microwave while checking my Facebook profile, and look for a movie to watch on streaming paying through a PayPal account. Sure, can’t forget about tweeting everything! ;P


DiegoNS Social Media – http://diegons.posterous.com/infografia-impresionante-uso-moviles-en-el-mu

El Mundo Newspaper – http://www.elmundo.es/blogs/elmundo/el-gadgetoblog/2012/01/25/la-revolucion-que-no-vino-de-japon.html

The Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/4981964/Top-10-inventions-that-changed-the-world.html


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