Just recently I purchased the new Blackberry Curve 8900 Smart Phone. I decided to upgrade to a smart phone even though I never had any experience using one. This phone was much more complex than the cheap Samsung phone I had broken two weeks prior.
1. One example is the money that I made at my dining hall job which was used to pay for the Blackberry Curve. (Disadvantage)
2. Another example is the extra cost of paying for monthly internet, which can be very expensive. The internet is an integral part of a smart phone. You need it to access email and various web sites. (Disadvantage)
3. Another form is the time I spent trying to learn this phone when I could have been doing something else such as working. Time is money. (Disadvantage)
4. Finally, the last example is the warranty I had to purchase for the phone. Since this phone is so expensive I wanted to insure it. (Both)
1. One example is the time spent learning the Blackberry so that I could become a master at communicating with people via a smart phone. (Advantage)
2. Another example is the knowledge of a different language I learned, which is the abbreviated language used in text messaging. (Both)
3. Another example is me using my phone instead of a computer thus possibly leading me to forget knowledge of the computer. (Disadvantage)
4. Finally, the last example is my reason for buying the phone. I generally like to have the new and latest technology when possible. (Both)
1. One form of social capital is before I had the Blackberry I never was able to send emails to people via a phone. This helps me build relationships. (Advantage)
2. Another example is the time spent learning how to use this phone with the others in the same boat as me. We spoke of things other than just the phone. (Advantage)
3. Another example is the picture messaging I can send to my family members so that they can physically see how I am doing. (Advantage)
4. Finally, I am able to access Facebook at any time of the day and at any place. (Both)
I believe that I was particularly strong is the aspect of Social capital. Seiter writes” One of the most significant aspects of digital communication has been its provision of new forms of social networking—a democratization of access to social capital, unfettered by the restrictions of physical space and geography.” This quote holds true with the Blackberry. I can talk to anyone at any place, no matter what time of the day. I am not restricted when trying to communicate with others.