What comes to mind when you hear the words “connected devices?” Do you think of your smartphone, laptop and/or tablet? These gadgets can access the Internet from almost anywhere, and because of this they are connected devices. However, most HDTVs, gaming consoles and Blue-ray players can also connect to and interact with the Internet. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any metro location that is far removed from an Internet connection.
With easy access to the Internet comes effortless access to information. However, this also delivers a change in how that information is consumed. Instead of searching a library index, walking to a specific book and then hand searching that book for information, we now simply have to type a query into Google. So, how does the advent of constant connectedness affect the way we consume content?
Faster Access of Information
The time spent researching information is minimized dramatically thanks to constant connectivity. You don’t even have to be seated in front of a plugged in computer, instead you can search boundless informational resources from most modern phones. This allows an incomprehensible amount of information to be accessed from almost anywhere at notable speeds.
Faster Generation of Information
Content can be added to the Internet by posting a photo via TwitPic, uploading a video to YouTube or even writing an article for Wikipedia. These are all things that anyone can do from almost any locale, thanks to the mobility of connected devices. Because physical proximity to a hardwired Internet connection is not a factor, there is a much more substantial amount of content uploaded for us to consume, and that content selection grows at exponential rates every day.
High Rate of Communication
Twenty years ago you could tell someone face-to-face about an interesting fact you discovered. Ten years ago you could tell someone via email. Five years ago you could post a status update on Facebook. Now? You can use your smartphone to respond call, email, Facebook, and tweet that fact from any location and at any time. We have the capacity to communicate more because the time it takes to do so has drastically decreased. In the same way, once information goes viral, it can travel at instantaneous speeds thanks to text messaging, tweeting and blogging.
If you’re asking yourself how the way we consume content has been changed thanks to connected devices, the answer is: quickness. Like so many technological breakthroughs, the benefit of fast and easy information consumption is dependent on how it is used. While this is certain to affect the rate and development of trends and fads, connected devices are just another evolution in the way we share and consume content. Howe we use it is entirely up to us.