Digital communication technology like mobile technology and online platforms has greatly influenced and expanded the way people interact and consume news and information. Today the world has become digital due to advanced technology. Improvement of information technologies and telecommunication system has enhanced communication, expanding the traditional scope of communication. The progress of information technology has opened wider opportunities for communication as digital communication is becoming widely used. The role of digital communication cannot be underestimated because digital communication is the medium of communication in the contemporary society.
With the creation of virtual communities, digital communication has expanded the scope of communication, eliminating many communication barriers especially distance and speed. People can contact each other regardless of the distance, hence benefiting many businesses. The development of digital communication has facilitated the invention of new devices that allow people to use advanced gadgets like cell phones. Today information technology and telecommunication system has facilitated other inventions like iPhone, netbook and other modern communication devices that facilitate communication between people increasing social networks.
Social networks have become the new social communities with different people being connected from all over the world. The social networks provide platforms for people with common interest to discuss issues even if they are located in different parts of the world. Therefore, digital technologies have expanded communication. Digital communication facilitates data transmission across different medium compared to other conventional technologies. Large packets of data can be sent or shared through digital transmission. People can share photos, videos, and music using modern technology. Even though psychologist believe that internet use increased the risk of young people being isolated or withdrawn from the society when used appropriately, the internet does not isolate people. Instead, the internet can become a meaningful tool for socialization.
Many people have joined social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram. The internet does not only enhance friendship, but it also promotes diversity. Social movements have played important roles in society, notably during the Arab revolutions, whereby internet helped in mobilizing protesters fight against dictatorship and corruption. Through digital platforms, social movements have challenged state powers, hence increasing democracy.
Digital communication has also come of certain disadvantages; the virtual communication has replaced the conventional communication. People who communicate online do not know each other; in such context, online predators have taken advantage of children. Many children have fallen victims to unknown online predators, increasing the rates of crimes committed online. With new inventions, people can create false identities, making them live an imaginary life, which may be different from their real life. Technology -related crimes, including identity theft, is on the rise.
People using online services share private information with service providers. However, other people get access to private information and take advantage of the users to extort money. Users who purchase products online are exposed to theft, especially if their private data is exposed to other users. Even though digital communication has numerous open opportunities for its users, it has also exposed users to several risks by increasing illegal activities. We need to be aware of these negative effects of digital technology. The fact that progress of digital communication has numerous opportunities, there is need to enhance security to prevent users from certain risks that might expose them to online fraud and other online threats. The use of digital communication has grown steadily with many people embracing new technology; however, digital communication presents new challenges new forms of crimes like identity theft, which is on the increase, in future; there is the need for new security measures to prevent such risks for users to maximize its benefits.