The use of cell has spread throughout the globe. Cell phones have become an integral part of daily living in the society. Over the course of time, cell phones have advanced in makes and designs in an attempt to make them more users friendly.
Currently, it is estimated that in every 10 people in the world 8 own a cell phone. Out of the 10, 9 have used a cell phone or have the knowledge of the use of one (Traxler, 109). Currently, innovations have further increased the fundamentality of cell phones to life as they are combined with applications essential to life such as timers and heartbeat checkers for medical patients. Cell phones are indeed a revolutionary aspect to the society. While most of the impacts of cell phones to peoples’ lives are known through experience and assumption, it is all a matter of deductive reasoning. There is a lacking in in-depth knowledge of how cell phone usage affects peoples’ lives in terms of existence and view of knowledge. This proposal purposes to establish the nature through which cell phones usage affects the society both epistemologically and ontologically. Even as this technology is embraced, and innovations produced, there is a need to establish its positive and negative epistemological and ontological effects on the society. This will aid greatly in strategic management and direction of the society’s interaction with the device is a sustainable manner.
Argument and hypothesis
The extensive use and application of cell phones usage to individuals’ daily lives make them an integral part of their lives. This means that cell phones have become a fundamental part of the human life. As such, next to the three human basic needs of food shelter and clothing cell phones lineup as a secondary need along with education and transport (Allison, 14). Occupying such a position of need, cell phones are placed in a position that has a direct influence of the quality and nature of life. In reasoning, cell phones can be hypothesized to influence both positive and negative the character, behavior and quality of life of individuals and the society.
Cell phones have both positive and negative epistemological and ontological effects on the society. Ontological influence entails that the use of cell phones in the society influences the nature through which individuals perceive reality in existence. Cell phone use has been linked to promoting aspects of individualization and personalization (Floridi, 194). As such, the proposal purposes to establish the nature through which cell phone usage affects the level of interaction of individuals and their surroundings. It will establish how cell phones influence an individuals’ perception of reality and their surroundings.
Epistemologically, the proposal purposes to establish the nature at which the use of cell phones limits or enhances individuals’ scope of knowledge. This entails the various ways through which the use of cell phones in the society aids or obstructs the rate and nature at which individuals perceive and retain knowledge. It will establish the ways through which cell phone interactions have affected individuals’ acquisition and retention of various forms of knowledge in the society. Cell phones have been found to affect the society both in terms of academic education and general knowledge trends in the society (Blom and Monk, 200).
In establishing the nature of epistemological and ontological influences the use of cell phones has had on the society, qualitative data will be sought from previous published studies and journals related to the subject matter. Sources of such secondary data are such as behavioral journal, articles, population studies, and publications of education trends in the society (Wilken, 41). Through these, a set of guidelines will be established as indicators for the strategy of collecting the data. The established data will then be compared and combined to establish an answer to the stated hypothesis.
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