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LITERATE LIFE IN THE INFORMATION AGE

The birth of the personal computer in the 1970s, the graphical user interface in the 1980s, the World Wide Web in the 1990s and today the ‘Internet of Things’ have launched our global society into the so-called ‘information age’. What is Information Age? The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information technology.

Some have begun to call it the Information Revolution. Technological changes brought dramatic new options to living in the 1990s. From the beginning of the decade until the end, new forms of entertainment, commerce, research, work, and communication emerge, the driving force behind much of this change was an innovation popularly known as the Internet.

Personal computers had become widespread by the end of the 1980s. Also available was the ability to connect these computers to local or even national networks. Through a device called a modem, individual users could link their computer to a wealth of information using conventional phone lines. What lay beyond the individual computer was a vast domain of information known as cyberspace.

The internet was developed during the 1970s by the Department of Defense. In the case of an attack, military advisers suggested the advantage of being able to operate one computer from another. The technologies and processes that are behind these changes have become ever smaller, more complex, and more hidden in our daily physical environment. It is difficult, in short, to find a shared language, shared concepts and shared ways of conversation that involve large and diverse groups of people in the question how our personal lives and social power relations are actually changing in relation to digital technologies.

ICT plays a big role in most everything we do: Communication- People communicate in various different ways but communicating in ICT is one of the best ways to communicate, it’s easier, it takes less effort and more reliable too. Many millions of people who use computers prefer e-mailing, chatting or messaging rather than anything else. Its also quicker and you can do all different sorts of stuff with communication for e.g. sending a document with the email or even when chatting online for e.g. by using MSN messenger, it could be pictures, video etc any kind of file and you can rely on it that it will reach wherever you want it. Employment opportunities- ICT is quite essential in employment because if the worker is good at ICT they could get more approaches or better salaries. All the businesses look for ICT skills in the job seeker’s history mostly. Even in factories, the electronics used work similar way to a computer. If you know how to work on a computer well enough you will have more employment opportunities to fulfill your needs

In Education,  The advancements in i.t have good points and bad points, however, the good points are more influential on people rather than the minor setbacks held by disadvantages which will resolve over time. This is immediately backed up by the fact that, how quick someone can access information using the internet. There a few major downsides to it which are things like students will have more writing issues due to the fact that they will be supplied with options such as autocorrect and also plagiarism can take place using the internet.

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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