Connected products are generally thought of as tablets, smartphones and laptops. These devices offer a quick and dependable connection to the Internet and other such connected devices. However, even more gadgets fit into the connected cannon, like HDTVs, gaming consoles and even most Blu-ray players.
Access to the Internet is, relatively speaking, easy and the information found online is easier to access. Traditionally, information was gathered through research and manual searching that required a large amount of dedicated time in order to find enough useful information. With an increase in connectivity, all we have to do is type a search query into Google using a smartphone. How has the way we consume content changed now that from almost any location, we can access an almost endless library of knowledge?
Faster Access of Information
Locating specific information can be done almost instantaneously with the help of the right device. Content was once delivered in hardbound books, but now it’s offered on websites, wikis, blogs and email. Because so many devices can access the Internet, finding the information you need is no longer a matter of locale. This makes the researching process much faster and allows for content to be consumed more quickly.
Faster Generation of Information
Content generation is simply a matter of supply and demand. Because content is so much easier to consume with connected devices, there is an ever growing need for more content. The answer to this, of course, is faster content generation. As most connected devices can also be used to upload new content, online content and information is being generated and published faster than ever.
High Rate of Communication
The time and effort needed to communicate has decreased due to the speed and connectedness of modern devices.
Because of this, information can now be communicated from user to user at a much higher rate. For example, a YouTube video with interesting content can go viral in a matter of minutes. Users can share the video through Facebook, Twitter, Google, email, HTML embedding, Internet enabled TVs, and even texting!
How have connected devices changed the way we consume content? Speed, speed and speed. The rate at which content is generated, consumed and then disregarded is almost staggering. Information is easier to access than ever before, and at impressively high speeds. What we decided to do with that information is entirely up to us.
So, how do you feel about this almost continuous connectivity? Do you live for it or grow weary of just how tethered to such things as work you have become. I’d love to hear your comments.