I personally do agree with this statement and my aim in this presentation is to justify how negatively they are affecting the workplace, social engagement and education by listing down a list of statistics and examples. I used various website to see what researchers have said about smartphone users and their habits. I also questioned a number of people to ask them how they use they use their smartphones.
The most popular smartphones at this moment are: Blackberry HTC IPhone 4g Palm pre Android All of these phones have the applications made especially for smartphones such as WHATSAPP, BBM, LIVEPROFILE. These applications play a huge part in distracting smartphone users from doing more important things.
A college reviews website found that 50% of students own smartphones³¹ The majority of these students use there phones in class Most are on Facebook, twitter, whatsapp and bbm chatting with friends. Instead of concentrating in class students are taking up time on their phones Even when trying to do assignments and studying students waste so much time on their phones.
Research has shown that many Smartphone users have given up activities such as recreation and socializing.²²² Research has also shown that Blackberry users tend to be more anti social and boring than IPhone users.¹ This is possibly due to the BBM application on blackberry which tends to take away attention of everything else around you when being used. 5 out of 5 users of Smartphone's say they do use their phones even when hanging out with friends.²³ The man in this picture is distracted by his smartphone, instead of spending time with his daughter. These two girls in the first picture are a good example of how smartphones make users anti-social, as they all seem to be paying major attention to their phones than each other.
‘ 20% of workers claim they've been reprimanded by their employers or fellow workers for showing bad manners with their wireless device’.³ Other studies have shown that smartphone’s add to workplace stress, because of the way they take up so much of our time we forget about doing important things first.³³ Productivity and Communication is also reduced due to spemding to much time on your smartphone, chatting away.
These results give a rough idea of how much smartphone users spend so much time on there phones when socializing and in class making them extremely unproductive.
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Are smart phones are affecting productivity, communication in the work place, social engagement, and have an effect in education?
<ul><li>What about Smartphones? </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation consists of how the use of Smartphone's has negatively affected the workplace , schools and our social lives. </li></ul><ul><li>The research question is whether I agree or disagree with the statement that ‘ Research has found that smart phones are affecting productivity, communication in the work place, social engagement, and have an effect in education’. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What are smart phones </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on education </li></ul><ul><li>Effects productivity and communication in the work place </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on Social Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
<ul><li>A smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls.¹ </li></ul><ul><li>It also adds in features that you might find on a personal digital assistant or a computer such as the ability to send and receive e-mail and edit office documents.¹ </li></ul><ul><li>There are 14.3 million smartphone users, and about 12 million are BlackBerry users.² </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the invention of smartphones, the need to carry a laptop has been reduced, because you can do almost anything on a smartphone. </li></ul><ul><li>However carrying the smartphone has negative effects on society as a whole. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Being the researcher in this project I asked the following questions to 10 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use it in class? Do you use it when socializing? How many hours do you spend on your smartphone a day? </li></ul><ul><li>8 out of 10 people said they use there smartphone in class. </li></ul><ul><li>9 out of 10 people said they use it when socializing. </li></ul><ul><li>5 out of 10 people use their smartphone for more than 10 hours a day </li></ul>
<ul><li>In conclusion smartphones are a huge load on users despite having the latest and best applications a phone could have. </li></ul><ul><li>There is now lack of concentration in both the workplace, school and social engagements due to smartphones. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication between friends and workmates has decreased because of people constantly using their phones. </li></ul><ul><li>All of this heavily contributes to lack of productivity in all areas, people are addicted to their phones and at the end of the day it is not a good development despite certain advantages of smartphones. </li></ul>
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