You Never Forget Your First: at what age do we start to need a smartphone?

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Presentation for FILM 315 course at Queen's University. Topic: the necessity of smartphones for various demographics.

Presentation for FILM 315 course at Queen's University. Topic: the necessity of smartphones for various demographics.

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  • 1. “You Never Forget Your First”
    At what age do we start to need a smartphone?
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    Today, 19% of all phones sold are smartphones – and this number is growing every month!
  • 3. But who are the owners of all these smartphones?
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  • 4. For what demographic do they become a ‘need’ rather than a ‘want’?
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  • 5. Children are asking for, and receiving, smartphones of their own - at youngerand younger ages.
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    It’s clear why: The vast variety of available apps offers entertainment, useful information and loads of fun
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    And they’re being targeted:
    Phones sport new “kid-friendly” designs and are promoted as ways for families always “on the go” to keep in touch.
  • 8. This mobile exposure is affecting childhood as we know it…
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  • 9. 19% of kids worldwide (ages 2-5)can operate a smartphone application.Only 9% can tie their shoelaces.
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    With simpler ways to stay in touch, smartphones are probably not necessities for children.
  • 11. Smartphones are even more prominent among teenagers – they are the device of choice for
    connecting to the web and to each other
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  • 12. So, necessity?
    50% of teens say they text their parentsevery day70% say they use text messaging to do school work
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    But most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the classroom
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    And smartphones can be dangerous:
    1 in 3 American
    teens aged 16-17 admits to
    having texted while driving
  • 15. But from a teen’s point of view: The new social norm is that you should respond to anyone about anything immediately. When you
    don’t, you are out of it socially.
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    At an age when ‘fitting in’ is pivotal, maybe smartphones are necessary for teens trying to keep up with our mobilized world.
  • 17. But with Mom & Dad likely footing the expensive bills that smartphones entail, perhaps their opinion matters more.
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  • 18. Adults have the freedom to choose the phone that they feel best suits their needs…
    …but is this necessarily a smartphone?
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  • 19. In the working world, the consensus seems to be ‘yes’
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  • 20. Having mobile access to email and other online services provides an edge in business.
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  • 21. Email has taken over the workplace, and employees are expected to be informed on projects before they even arrive at the office
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    Smartphones also allow workers to stay connected to friends and family during the work day
  • 23. They’re also common outside the office:
    Smartphone ownership among stay-at-home moms is higher than in the general population
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  • 24. Over 50% of the moms surveyed in a
    recent BabyCenter survey said they purchased a smartphone as a
    direct result of
    becoming a parent
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  • 25. Fulltime parents claim that their smartphones are necessary for:
    1. Organization 2. Educational apps3. Media features
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  • 26. Do smartphones help parents to ‘parent’? Or are they a distraction?
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  • 27. Clearly, the ‘necessity’ of smartphones at any age is a matter of perspective!
  • 28. But whether they fill our ‘wants’ or ‘needs’, they are becoming the standard in mobility.
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