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The advent of technology has always brought with it significant changes in our day to day cultural and social setups. For example, the invention of the steam engine brought about the industrial revolution, that completely changed the social and cultural setup of Europe at the time.

Even at a much smaller scale, the technological shift from a feature phone to a touch phone has lead to significant changes. As someone who’s been alive for 2 decades, I’m at the right intersection of familiarity with both types of technologies.

Social Changes

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During the early 2000’s, the possession of a feature phone was a luxury. My parents each had one, and it was given the kind of treatment that the most valuable possessions in the house got. As a kid, it was an item of fascination for me, and I longed for my parents to be back, so that I could play the miracle of mankind — “Snake”. The idea that an auto-rickshaw driver or a maid could possess a phone was unthinkable at the time. I remember many instances, where our maid would request my mother for her phone, so that she could call her own landline installed at her place. …


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Anyone reading this article on the web right now is no stranger to social media. It is a big part of our everyday lives, our relationships, our work and businesses. When websites like MySpace and LinkedIn grew in prominence in the early 2000’s, few would have foreseen the impact that Social Media could have. But the meteoric rise of YouTube and Facebook turned our existing notions upside down, and literally gave many people a livelihood. Which is why in 2013, when Facebook was recording close to 1 billion daily active users, it was difficult for anyone to see why the future would be any different than the present. …

Arpit Mathur

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