After a Major Disaster: "Can You Hear Me Now"

Modern cell phones are capable of much more than just sending and receiving phone calls. Mobile phones allow users to send and receive text messages, emails, photos, and video, as well as access the Internet, play games, listen to music, use GPS (Global Positioning Systems), and more. Cell phones put all this communication capacity at our fingertips, yet one study shows that the cell phone socially insulates Americans more than ever before. Recent natural and man-made crises have put Americans' reliance on cell phones as a primary means of communication on full display. During a disaster many people run for their cell phones first in order reach out and touch someone, anyone! For some, communication with those not present takes precedence over interacting with those in the same room. We will examine the big and small ways that mobile devices have revolutionized the way we interact with our world.

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