Advantages of virtual communication
The advancements made in information technology have transformed the world in different perspective. One area that has seen significant advancement is the communication sector. Humanity has always strived to ease the mode and means of communication all along. As such, communication as we know it today has gone through a series of changes, improvements and modifications. The invention of electricity has led to the emergence of more advanced modes of communication. According to Bower, Lee and Dalgarno (408), the telecommunication industry has redefined the word communication with the introduction of technologies such as mobile phones and the internet.
The use of cell phones, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other internet-based platforms like emails have enhanced human communication systems. In the recent years, there have been debates regarding the benefits and problems that have resulted out of virtual communication. According to Kuntsche and Labhart (1052), the technological advancements in communication sector may have its flaws, but the truth is the benefits realized far much surpass these flaws. This paper will focus on the benefits and advantages of virtual communication that has allowed freer and more open communication between people from all walks of life.
The concept of globalization has been enhanced through virtual communication. According to Warf (220), the use of the internet and cellphones has helped establish a link between people from different parts of the world. The traditional methods of communication were limited by time as well as space. Communication between two different parts of the world were only possible through unreliable methods like the use of messengers, and it would take so much time for the message to reach its destination. However, today, with a click of a few buttons on the phone, one can make a call from London to New York within seconds. The same case applies with emails where one can send almost unlimited information through the internet.
According to Yigit and Tarman (75), the use of the internet has and cellphones has allowed people to access real-time, almost face to face communication from different parts of the world. The uses of Skype and video calls from Facebook and FaceTime in iPhones allow people to have a sense of face to face communication. This is despite the distance between the people communicating. This aspect of real-time communication gives people the feeling that they are communicating in the real world. Today, families and friends from different parts of the world are able to communicate with each other and share about their lives in real-time.
Efficient and reliable communication
Modern virtual communication has established a more efficient and reliable mode of communication compared to the traditional modes of communication. Traditionally, information intended to reach far distances were at a risk of being distorted in the process of transferring it. Messengers would maybe intentionally or unintentionally change the content of the message or maybe face challenges and die while trying to deliver the message. This led to misinformation, and at times, the consequences were very severe. According to Aleem et al. (7), the efficiency and reliability of means of communication is measured by time as well as confidentiality. Traditional methods of communication were highly challenged when it comes to these factors.
Today, messages are send from thousands of miles away are received within seconds. Apart from saving time, virtual communication ensures security and confidentiality of the message send. Messages send through emails, WhatsApp and other internet-based medium are rarely distorted or changed. Messages do not need intermediaries since it is send directly to the intended receiver. According to Hasan et al. (42), modern methods of communication allow personalized and individualized communication which boosts confidentiality and security of the message. An example in case is the use of WhatsApp. This smartphone application allows real-time calls as well as messages with people from all over the world as far as you have their mobile phone. With the help of WhatsApp, it is possible to share videos, messages, songs, picture among others from all over the world.
Access to education opportunities
The virtual communication has also played a very significant role in enhancing education opportunities. Different parts of the world have developed their education systems differently. Some countries tend to invest much in the education system than other countries. Regardless of these differences, the common thing is that everyone from all over the world wants to access the best and most efficient education systems through whatever means possible. In most cases, it is really hard to cater for the cost of air ticket, tuition fees, accommodation and food when planning to go to a different country for further education. However, with the help of the internet, people today enroll for online programs from different parts of the world. According to Arkorful and Abaidoo (33), online programs have played a key role in the education sector, not just guaranteeing access to the education, but online learning programs are relatively cheap and easily accessible for all people.
The education industry is usually challenged by factors such as learning resources, tutors as well as space. Through virtual communication, it is possible for multiple students, say thousands of students to utilize the same resource that would otherwise be impossible in the real world. For instance, nowadays, educational instructions set up virtual or online libraries that can be access by their students remotely. According to Friedman (1), this has helped a lot in utilizing the limited resources in terms of books and increasing the capacity of the libraries. Therefore, virtual communication has enabled millions of people from all over the world to access education in a more efficient, reliable and affordable way.
Improved field of medical science and health care
Virtual communication has also helped advance medical science and health care. The field of medicine is a global phenomenon. Every day, scientists and experts from all over the world work on research and innovations that are aimed at improving the global health care. According to Bartling and Friesike (4) medical research and science is high depended on sharing of information. By sharing information, researchers are able to find ways of tackling healthcare-related challenges as well as share information on how to control certain threats resulting from diseases and infections. For instance, the information about Ebola break out in Liberia may have had a severe impact on the world if the modern means of communication were not in place. Through the internet, people were able to share real-time information regarding the state of the virus. Through the internet, humanitarian organizations and volunteers were able to see the intensity of the effect of the virus on the Liberians and offered help.
Today, it is possible for doctors to carry out special procedures on patients with help from other doctors who are thousands of miles away. Through video calls, doctors can receive instructions on how to carry out simple procedures on patients, and this helps reduce the cost of transport for patients while improving the skills and experience of the host doctor. According to Gambadauro and Torrejon (115), surgeons use the internet to communicate with other experienced surgeons from other parts of the world. They are not only able to communicate, but see each other and therefore work as a team.
GPRS and Space exploration
The modern communication has advanced research in space exploration. The knowledge of space and the universe is very crucial and has become a center stage for research. Understanding the universe and the outer space is crucial in understanding the way earth operates. According to Leuko (3), space exploration is critical and is relevant in all fields such as medicine, geology, science as well as sociology, among others. By exploring the space, humanity develop mechanism that will ensure global security against such natural disasters as global warming, solar emissions, and meteorite attacks among others. As such, space exploration is equally vital like any other field of study.
Virtual communication has improved communication between artificial satellites and control centers on earth. During the start exploration, communication was based on telescopes based on earth. However, today, human beings have been able to send artificial satellites and other space objects as far as millions of miles away (Jiang). These far-distant objects are in continued communication with earth and continue to send vital information about places that humanity has never set eyes on. High definition images, videos as well as audio data are received down on earth from this objects, and scientist are able to analyze these data. All these have been made possible by the help of virtual communication.
The use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) has enable devices even in the most remote areas to communicate wirelessly with other devices in any part of the world. The concept is facilitated by about 30 satellites that have been spaced systematically with the earth’s space. The use of GPS has been very crucial. For instance, tracking of vehicles, people through mobile phones and fighting crime are some of the areas that GPS has been applied. According to Stroshine (2015), the use of GPS has been very essential especially in fighting crime. With the help of GPS, police officers can easily track down offenders and other criminals even without their knowledge.
In summary, virtual communication seem to have a significant impact on humanity. The advancements that have been made have brought many benefits to people like ensuring efficient and reliable communication from all over the world, enhanced field of medicine and research as well as improve education opportunities. While these benefits have transformed the lives of people, considerations should be made to ensure that there is a system that will control some of the innovations being introduced. The nature of humanity is based on human connection and interactions. If technology is not controlled, humanity is likely to lose its true nature and identity.