Skype, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp video or Facetime, whatever method you use, there is no denying that video calling has had a huge impact on our lives.
This week we decided to take a look at all the ways that video calling has changed the world (and the workplace) since it was invented in the 1960s.
International travel is now more common than ever. Video technology allows families to stay in contact. Cheaper than regular phone calls and arguably more personal, video calls allow people to watch their grandkids grow up and see their cousin’s new apartment from the comfort of their own home. It’s redefined distance and geography making it easier for people to stay in touch.
Cheaper workplace communication
Video calling has also proved valuable in the corporate world, providing a viable alternative to expensive video-conferencing suites and allowing companies to make free calls to potential customers, partners and other businesses.
A step in the right direction for the deaf community
Video calling has been very beneficial for members of the deaf community. Unlike traditional phone calls, they are able to speak in sign language to family members, friends and even colleagues.
Since the release of Apple’s iPhone 4 in 2010, people are now able to use a front camera in order to talk on the phone which makes the whole process must easier for individuals with hearing difficulties.
Doctors on call
Video calling has had a huge effect on the medical sector. Doctors are now able to consult patients through their phone in order to diagnose them. While many people may argue that this is not as effective as an in-person appointment, it has been very beneficial in rural or particularly understaffed areas.
The rise of commuter couples
Due to work commitments, family ties or perhaps even visa issues many couples have to live in different cities or countries. Thanks to the invention of video calling, long distance relationships are now a lot easier.