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‘Technology can be our best friend and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone’ (Steven Spielberg 2018).

Was life simpler when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits? Could it be true that modern technology has a lot of good with a shadow of bad or the other way around? Does the fast advancement of technology make life a lot easier or more complicated?

Positively, the UK telecoms industry continues to make an important contribution to the overall economy generating £33.8bn in operator-reported revenue in 2018, with 72% of mobile connections at 4G. (Ofcom, Communications Market Report 2019) EE and Vodafone have already launched commercial 5G services, with Three’s 5G network due to go live in August and O2 later in the year.

In a flash, gone are the days where people remain tied to their landlines. The technological craze has been a blur of unconventional features, fast connectivity, advanced battery life and sleek appearances and there is no doubt that our lives have improved exponentially. Love it or loathe it, technology affects almost everything we do, and it will certainly influence our future. Within the constructs of society, the vast rewards of technological innovations have by far outweighed the negatives. The digital revolution has altered concepts of time and distance, whilst creating a wealth of information that is available at the stroke of a key. Whether we use mobile phones, listen to music and radio, surf the internet, drive our cars, go to school or work, benefit from health care and infrastructure or buy robotic appliances, we are constantly enjoying the profits of a high-tech life; which is by far more entertaining, connected and convenient.

However, a report by Ofcom (2019) highlighted that 96% of adults use a mobile phone, with half of adults admitting their mobile phone is a device that they would miss the most if it was taken away and we have become so dependent on things that did not even exist a few years ago. It is the constant texting, calling, emailing, photographing and pouting culture that is disturbing our day to day lives, incapacitating the next generation of their ability to connect with one another on a physical level, through the mediums of speech, eye contact and body language. The loss of communication has developed an invisible barrier between phone and interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, at Commhoist we are aware of this and take pride in maintaining the best relationships possible with their customers whilst utilising the countless benefits of technological know-how in order to deliver an incomparable service.

Our teams work within the mobile telecoms sector offering end-to-end logistics, find out how Commhoist can support your business.