OFCOURSE I AGREE! Do I agree that smart phones are affecting productivity, communication in the workplace, social engagement and have an effect in education ,of course I agree…
WHY I AGREE… Just 6 years ago I arrived at queens high boarding house for the first time (obviously) and from the way that we approached each other to really intensely getting to know one another was really honestly beautifully different… I don’t remember seeing anyone sitting in the corner glued to the small screen of their blackberry instead peopled approached one another personally and hugged and smiled and it was really an experience one cannot dare forget. Its 6 years later now and the experience I had the first day at monash was really sad, peoples Smartphone's took priority over meeting new people or just simply saying hi
Communication in the workplace Social media and networking sites create distractions in the workplace and cost employers money According to a 2009 report, employees spent an average of 40 min per week on social networking sites while at work While 40 min may not sound like a long time, over a one year period it costs employers $2.25 billion. Alternative studies by Australian researchers claim social networking increase productivity
Effect on education a student from north Carolina school junior knows that when algebra causes a strain she can use her Smartphone to send instant messages to her teacher or classmate for help She can use the same devise to connect to the internet and post an algebra question on a school math blog She can also watch teacher or student created videos demonstrating algebra concepts on her Smartphone screen.
AFFECTING SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT The impact on social networking sites is profound Even if you have not seen or spoken to someone for a year you know the entire life story by following their facebook page According to a recent study a group of college students indicated a direct correlation between social networking intensity and life satisfaction . The students who used social networking are the most satisfied with life.
Negative impact on social networking Sitting, glued to your Smartphone for hours on end chatting with friends does not in anyway translate to social skills People become dependent on the technology and forget how to interact with the world around them Social networks provide an outlet for the socially challenged to express themselves in digital form It is easier to type what someone wants to hear rather than telling the truth Without noticing you adapt certain characteristics( pretender, liar, fake) you end up loosing out on personal real relationships and end up a character less being
Affecting productivity “”so far I see it only as an additional fixed expense each month and the temptation to stay connected. Being disconnected allows me to be at my level best personally.” says PAULA GREGOROWICS What is really puzzling is whether the Smartphone is really a productivity booster or just one more thing we’ve added to our must have list and then become a servant.
General interesting statistics Top countries for Blackberry · Dominican Republic, 57.1% · Guatemala, 45.4% · United Kingdom, 40.4% · Colombia, 38.9% · El Salvador, 37.54% · United States, 32.0% Top country for Sony Ericsson by the way is Bolivia Top country for Samsung is Namibia
conclusion I'm not against Smartphone's by any means. I love it. I mean what did we do before voicemail , cell phones, and being able to Google something when we travel? It can make us more productive and our lives easier I'm more concerned about how and when we choose to use it that makes all the difference. Most research has proved that new technologies have increased productivity Just don’t loose your morals and let that Smartphone control you. Let the Smartphone do its job which is to make life easier and not for you to loose yourself in it.
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