"Mobilology" students would examine the social changes created by new mobile technology
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"Mobilology" students would examine the social changes created by new mobile technology

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Florie Brizel is advocating for the creation of "Mobilology" as a new social science

Mobilology aims to study how mobile devices are changing our society, and whether it is all for good

Social changes created by mobile tech are "equivalent to the Industrial Revolution"

Students would learn about the effects of mobile and wireless use on human behavior

Editor’s Note: Florie Brizel is chief executive of L.A.-based consulting firm Brizel Media and is a member of Dutch think tank FreedomLab: Future Studies. She is a published author and has been studying the mobile industry since 2003.

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For the last 10 years, people have blithely commented, “Mobile is really changing our world.” The use of mobile and wireless technologies has thrust people into a permanent technology age with the kind of warp speed that author Alvin Toffler predicted in his groundbreaking book “Future Shock” some 40 years ago.

As a result, we now live in a time of profound social upheaval equivalent to the Industrial Revolution.

It seems we have little choice but to embrace our techno-driven reality. While countless individuals and corporations race to create bigger-better-smaller-faster hardware and software, the rest of the world struggles to keep up.

Author and researcher Florie Brizel
Courtesy Florie Brizel
Author and researcher Florie Brizel

This struggle takes many forms: learning new gadgets and systems; successfully integrating into the workplace different competencies with digital technology; and somehow being able financially to keep up.

It also includes asking, “How, exactly, is mobile changing our world, and is it all for good? How can we incorporate more and more technology without losing our humanity?”

Many people understand the need for addressing the “human cost” of digital device mobility.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal dedicated two pages of its Weekend Review section to an article entitled, “The Perils of Texting While Parenting.” The article addressed whether or not the increase in childhood injuries could be directly attributed to mobile device distraction of supervising adults.

Read: How mobile tech affects the family

Fortunately, international thought leaders and scholars have begun to examine mobile and wireless for their effects on a wide variety of areas in our lives. I have coined a single word – Mobilology [mobile + ology] – to describe and give context to the study of mobile and wireless usage specifically as it relates to human behavior; community (formation, building and abandonment); culture; economics; education; entertainment; healthcare; and international relations.

Since 2009, I have lectured around the world advocating for the creation of mobilology as a new and formal social science at university level. Since mobile affects nearly every established academic discipline, acknowledging its importance, independently, as a pivotal change agent in a rapidly evolving world makes good sense educationally, can cost very little to implement, and will prove invaluable.

By establishing mobilology as a bonafide field of study, universities can remain at the cutting edge of education by offering course work with clear relevancy to incoming and interested students.