An example of how touch screens have increased the efficiency of individuals is though touch screens on the most common electronic device, cell phones. In fact it was Samsung’s very own Omnia II device that set the New Guinness World Record for Fastest Texting Ever by five seconds. In a mere 35.54 seconds Franklin Page wrote a whole paragraph on the razor-tooth piranhas. In accomplishing this Samsung as well as the newly developed technology of the touch screen are making a statement that pressing a button and entering commands is a thing of the past. Now users of touch screen phones such as the Omnia II and the iPhone can send texts and emails much more quick and efficient than before, enabling them to get into contact with more people in less time.
Now large corporations are using touch screen friendly applications so that people can accomplish tasks with fewer problems so that things can run more smoothly. From how we order food to how we travel, touch screens are slowly impacting our lives in greater ways than we can imagine. Now even getting a boarding pass for a flight require a person to use an interactive touch screen to scan one’s passport and get them to their proper terminal. This in itself eliminates the need for such a large amount of travel agents to help people find out where they need to go. Companies profit from this because they need less workers, there are less complaints, and that the customers are more satisfied because of the increased efficiency.
A huge reason why touch screen interfaces and interactions benefit the public is because it decreases room for error. An example of this is in ATM machines. The new “highly rugged, waterproof, scratch-resistant, and dust-proof” (Touch-Screen ATM) that have been installed into ATM machines require people to touch the option in which they want to select. Rather than reading fine print and hitting small buttons, the option itself is clickable allowing people to deposit and withdraw money at greater speeds.
Despite the large amount of benefits there are negatives to the reliance on touch screen applications. As touch screens are becoming more popular, skill sets such as typing on a keyboard and entering numerical commands to perform functions are becoming obsolete. This means that even though touch screens increase efficiency and make life easier it is still taking away from people’s intelligence to accomplish matters on their own. Being a huge topic of debate these days, these increased technologies may help us in the short-term but who knows what people will be able to do for themselves with all these new luxuries.
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