the social networks that users of smartphones access can be access by an unlimited number of people, and not all the people have the right intentions and one can fall victim to stalkers if they give out too much personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers.
Portability of smartphones allow them to be carried at all times, which makes it difficult for some people to designate a clear delineation between work life and home life. Frequent checking of email and internet applications takes time and attention away from interpersonal relationships. Workers are distracted by the incoming messages or notifications, this means that the time needed for a project or work given by the employers is either being done half heartedly and therefore many errors have been made or it is not done up to standard , in some cases not done at all. This means that production is at a go slow or not running completely this can in turn affect the economic benefits of the company. Communication is also limited because people with smartphones are too busy communicating on chat rooms and social networks that they don’t communicate with colleagues .
it is very important to be aware of your body language, because people attempt to read who you are or how you feel by judging your body language. People that have smartphones engage in chat rooms and use texting as the main form of communication. This puts them at a disadvantage because when they have to express themselves vocally, or through personal interaction, it becomes harder for them to be aware of themselves and the impression they give off because they are not used to that type of engagement. people with smartphones join social networks and in these social networks events are made and people tend to attend the popular and events that are most likely to have maximum attendance. It is hard to have conversations of substance in an atmosphere like that. And trying to socialise with everyone can be hard to do. people with smartphones will engage with people with smartphones, like people with Blackberry's will communicate with one another through BBM(blackberry messenger), this means that if a friend doesn’t have a blackberry you will be more likely to talk to a stranger who has a Blackberry, than a friend who doesn’t.
students that have smartphones and use them in classes don’t give their full attention to what is being taught but rather they are drawn to the applications on their phones, this could result in poor performance, or in the worst case, failure. if a student is surrounded by other students who have smartphones and brag about the cool applications their phones contain, the student will be envious and this can cause unnecessary animousity or pressure to fit in.
Research in Motion conducted research to find out what effect smartphones had on the corporate scope. They went to the CBD in New york and made a survey in which participants took part. The aim of this survey was to find out what effect smartphones had in the workplace. An example of a question asked was whether users of smartphones were able to reach deadlines when giving 50% of their attention to their smartphones and the 50% to their work. According to research conducted by Research In Motion, BlackBerry devices and other smart phones may have had a huge impact on executive and employee productivity, but they also have a negative impact on work-life balance by making it more difficult to switch off from the office, according to a recent survey. This supports my argument because it proves that workers will be less productive when using smartphones in the workplace.
“ Research has found that smart phones are affecting productivity, communication in the work place, social engagement, and have an effect in education ” . Do you agree with this statement?
<ul><li>What is a Smartphone? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a smart phone differ from a normal phone? </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics of how many people use smartphones </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages of smart phones </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on productivity, communication in the workplace. </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on social engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on education. </li></ul><ul><li>Research findings </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
What is a smart phone? A Smartphone is a cell phone that has more capabilities than a typical phone, such as Web browsing, full keyboards and e-mail . A smartphone is probably best described as a hybrid of a cell phone and a personal computer
How does a Smartphone differ from a cell phone? A Smartphone differs from a cell phone in that it has many advanced features as well general cell phone features. A Smartphone has its own operating system, some form of QWERTY keyboard, web access, and can be expanded with many types of software. Smartphones include the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones among others.
How many people own and use smartphones? Note: users of smartphones start from as young as 13, at this age it is dangerous to expose a child to social networking.
Disadvantages of a smartphone High cost- Most cell phone providers require users to sign long-term contracts. Internet access is provided at an additional cost, raising the cost of owning a smartphone monthly depending on the terms of the contract. Stalkers- the social networks that users of smartphones access can be accessed by anyone. Mature content- unlimited internet access can expose children below the ages of 18 to porn and dating websites.
Effects on productivity, communication in the workplace <ul><li>difficult for users to designate clear delineation between work life and home life </li></ul><ul><li>Users are distracted by incoming messages and constant notifications </li></ul><ul><li>Do work half heartedly, errors occur or incompletion of tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Users are too busy communicating with contacts on chat rooms and not colleagues. </li></ul>
Effects on social engagement Body language- people read how you are feeling by judging body language. Users are accustom to texting, struggle to express themselves vocally. Social events- users attend popular events. Hard to socialise there because of maximum attendance. The who’s who- users only socialise and communicate with fellow users .
Effects on education . Concentration- students don’t give full attention to what is being taught, they are too distracted. Can lead to failure. Peer pressure- students without smartphones feel left out and don’t belong. Could affect learners attitude about school Colloquialism and slang- students use abbreviated words and non-formal English in essays and get marked down. Essays and assignments have grammatical errors.
Conclusion With all the information gathered it is clear to see that although the smartphone is a huge advancement in technology, its cons, outweigh its pros. And there are areas that are directly and indirectly effected by smartphones, such as the personal and professional life of users. Smartphones are linked very closely to social networking, which leaves people distracted in the workplace, makes people aloof or unable express themselves vocally and subjects users to possible stalkers and untrustworthy characters. In younger children, a free access to internet can expose them to porn and dating sites.
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