Answering my emails, checking my Whatsapp groups, writing SMS, chatting, tweeting, reading the latest posts, sharing pictures on Instagram: Communicating through and even with digital media itself means using many different communication channels. In addition, there are characteristics of digital media such as speed, dynamism, reach, visuality, internationality, accessibility; but it’s also time-consuming, overwhelming and confusing.
Data protection and consumer advocates are pointing to the negative developments in the digital world associated with the business models of global companies. Data privacy and privacy protection has become an important issue due to digital communications, as almost every action in the digital space is linked to the collection of data. Behaviors that transfer from the real world into the digital world, too, such as cyberbullying Cyberbilling is becoming an explosive issue due to the expanded social public sphere.
But not only has communication between people changed: Devices, platforms, technologies and applications are electronically interconnected. In the Internet of Things people will communicate more and more with digital devices, but so will the devices among each other. Watches, glasses, toothbrushes, refrigerators – the networking of such intelligent objects will also further advance the transformation of communication.