Social interaction in Third World countries is limited on many levels for many reasons. The inability to access social media outlets has limited the progress and open communication in the country, as well as the ability to reach outside sources to conduct business or have personal contact. The limited mobility access and use of mobility technologies has definitely created a gap in media and communication. The lack of smartphone access is a social injustice, which is why my application, techUPindia, has been designed and created. The theory behind the creation of this social justice smartphone application is geared toward people in developed countries, like the United States, to help make a change for the economy in India for the better. The sole purpose of this smartphone application is to bridge the digital divide between India and developed countries and ultimately erase it altogether. In an effort to expand and connect the techUPindia idea, the social interaction will initially be a hindrance because the citizens of India are not able to benefit from the application directly. The 21st century has opened a floodgate of advanced media technological alternatives and is now one of the primary sources of communication and the receipt of information.
The future of India is dependent upon the youth in this region. Lynn Schofield Clark says it best: “Digital and mobile media both potentially solve and potentially exacerbate many dilemmas of contemporary family life (2013). The culture of young people, although different many countries, share similar interactions, reactions, activities and goals, which are aligned between them and their families. The digital divide can be diminished if the youth were included in the techUPindia concept. Unfortunately, mobility is limited which restricts access to technologies in general, and the state of their economy and employment is at a lower level than most countries. The goals, dreams, ideas and thoughts are the same, though. So, the question stands: how can we bridge the gap through this technological divide? Start with family. As much as we may not want to admit, even in our own country your economic status will have a lot to do with how well you communicate and access social outlets. In many undeveloped countries the entire family plays a major role in the economic status, which links directly to the mobility and social interaction of techUPindia.
The design concept to introduce the social just smartphone app will allow India to take advantage of mobility but still limit the social interaction. The main reason for the limited social interaction is due to the lack of technological, but more specifically, smartphone access. The families in this region are unable to directly benefit but the awareness being brought to the region will elevate their savvy mobility digital divide. Developing countries like India are behind in developmental progress, which great affects the family life and their economy. As we try to understand mobility and social interaction and how it relates to the theory and design of the techUPindia application, it relates to the concept of mobility in a few ways. As a spatial mobility concept, it is immediate and very much a part of social interaction – because India is so limited in their social interaction and movement through digital means, spatial mobility is a great concept due to the human geographical movement that techUPindia offers by raising awareness. This ultimately drives conversation and furthermore builds donations from the applications users and supporters to create more access that will not only strengthen the country, but the advance the millennials in the family units who are the future – these are the steps that increase progress in securing skill sets, creating more employment opportunities, and broadening global communication processes.
Bridging the digital divide with the smartphone application is essential and will be successful only if developed countries “focus on rural India via the Digital India Initiative, which will be bought into fruition via electronic deliver by 2018” along with creating awareness for plenty of other initiatives and organizations pushing for the end of the digital divide (ET Bureau, 2015). The design of techUPindia does not support temporal mobility. The concept says it best: “In this sense, the increasing temporal mobilization of human interaction is simultaneously creating new opportunities and constraints for the ecology of social life (Kakihara and Sorenson, 2001).
When the design and theory of techUPindia is analyzed from a spatial and temporal view, there is limited social interaction due to the geography, work environment, constraints and lack of information and communication technologies. From a contextual mobility viewpoint, the design behind the techUPindia is right in line with Suchman’s argument in Kakihara and Sorenson’s essay, where she notes that “the coherences of situation action is tied in essential way not to individual predispositions for conventional rules but to local interactions contingent on the actor’s particular circumstances (2001). The context and social interaction in the digital mobility world is important to consider with techUPindia, and it is an extreme possibility that more awareness with those countries that could make a difference to take steps to diminish the digital divide once and for all in India.
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