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Moms, You can work at home now!

For years it has been a struggle for women to get employed for a work regardless of being highly educated. This has been especially for moms who don’t have economic resources, who cannot make choices whether to take time from working outside the home to work inside the home and spend more time with their children. In my opinion, women has the ability to multitask: they raise children and work inside and outside home, they do extraordinary things. Nevertheless they are often misjudged by not only the employers, but employees as well.

“How in the world are you going to be able to commit to this job and all your kids at the same time?”

Job requirement for a woman No Children! - Imgur Source: Imgur

However, thanks to today’s technology, we found a better way for moms who want to work – yes… Working from home! The liquid labour has given us the opportunity to perform work task remotely in a ‘networked environment’ beyond time and space. Now moms can definitely make a choice: take care of their kids, maintain their home and still work in a job that best suits them.

“The location and time of one’s labour becomes a secondary consideration to the task of managing the expectation and/or possibility that one is available and willing to work” Melissa Gregg, ‘Function Creep’

Working home moms - Imgur Source: Imgur

Reference

Gregg, M. ‘Function Creep: Communication technologies and anticipatory labour in the information workplace’, viewed on 4 September 2015, <https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/470732/mod_resource/content/1/Gregg%2C%20M.%20-%20Function%20creep.pdf>

Huhman, H. R 2012, ‘Become a work-at-home mom’, Forbes Woman, 10 May, viewed on 5 September 2015, < http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/05/10/become-a-work-at-home-mom/>

Lapowsky, I 2015, ‘Want more women working in tech? Let them stay home’, Wired, 4 July, viewed on 5 September 2015, < http://www.wired.com/2015/04/powertofly/>

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Would you risk your life for a text message?

Technology is surpassing our daily lives with every single day. With this growing technology, the usage of mobile phones have become a normative public behavior regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. It has glued us to be constantly connected to others. The ability to easily connect to social network has given us increased dependency on mobile devices, resulting them frequently being used to access social media while driving, especially young drivers (Weller et al. 2013, Seiler 2015). However, the mobile phone usage while driving has caused numerous accidents leading to death and serious injuries.

People who text behind the wheel are 23 times more likely to crash. These crashes has caused more than 3000 deaths and 400,000 severe injuries. Even though being aware of all this, people still tends to continue using mobile phones while driving today. This brings up the question, as to ‘What is worth more? A simple text message or losing your life?’

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References:

Weller, JA, Shackleford, C, Dieckmann, N & Slovic, P 2013, ‘Possession Attachement Predicts Cell Phone Use While Driving’, Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, pp. 379-387.

Seiler, SJ 2015, ‘Hand on the Wheel, Mind of the Mobile: An Analysis of Social Factors Contributing to Texting While Driving’, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., vol.18, no.2, pp. 72-78.

The Evolution of Phones

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Today mobile phones have become a lifeline of our daily life. Almost everyone has at least one personal cell phone of their own: whether toddlers or the oldest man. Moreover, the mobile phone device has currently outnumbered the global human population, growing more than 7.2 billion.

“No other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever – from zero to 7.2 billion in three decades,” said Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask & Co.

However, if we look back at the past of these smart technological devices which made us communicate faster and easier with the ability to perform multi task, it was something entirely different from what we see now. Something beyond our expectation of having around us and using it.

The immense improvement of technology has played a massive role in changing the history of telecommunication: how humans communicate through smoke signals to the stylish mobile multimedia platforms we use now. Let’s take a look back to the past at how the communication has developed and made the multimedia device the world’s most ubiquitous needy gadget.

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Reference

Shortel 1996, ‘The history of Telecommunication’, accessed on 19 August 2015, http://bit.ly/1LMxDN0