“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?” Before to give any position over this statement let see together what is a smart phone and what makes it different to other cell phones and then the statistic of smart phone’s usage and its importance.
Definition: what is a smart phone?A Smart phone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary feature phone.
Smart phones and feature phones may be thought of as handheld computers integrated with a mobile telephone,
But while most feature phones are able to run applications based on platforms such as java ME, a smart phone usually allows the user to install and run more advanced applications.
Smart phones run complete operating systemsoftware providing a platform for application developers.
Thus, they combine the functions of a camera phone and a personal digital assistance (PDA).
Some smart phones, sometimes called Nirvana Phones, have a docking station with an external display and keyboard to create a desktop or laptop environment.Quoted from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/smartphone)
Statistics about smart phones usage
According to a study by ComScore, over 45.5 million people in the United States owned smart phones in 2010 out of 234 million total subscribers
Mobile advertising marketplace AdMob said,“smart phones usage continues to grow despite the economy climate”.
It said that, even in the current economic climate, smart phones managed to continue to gain significant market share on a global scale over the past six months. This market share rose from 26% to 33% in February.
and the research released by Forrester; (http://venturebeat.com/2010/01/05/smartphone-usage-continues-to-grows-in-us-according-to-forrester-research/ ) Confirm that, smart phones are one of the hottest growth in the US economy
The report, conducted in October and November by Forrester, found that 17 percent of US adults used smart phones, up from 11 percent in 2008 and 7 percent in 2007.Here is an example of smart phones (iphone and iPod touch) USER growth.(http://metrics.admob.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2010Q2-SEA-iPhone-and-iPod-touch-UU.jpg)
Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley is a well-known analyst of the technology industry. Her annual projections of trends get a lot of attention. She has just presented her most recent ideas and foresees that Smartphone shipments will soon exceed those for PCs (tips.vlaurie.com /2010/11/projecting-the-growth-of-smart phones/)
Importance and effect of smart phone on productivity, communication in the workplace, social engagement and on education.
since its creation in 1992 and throughout its evolution, smart phone has proved to be essential tools in life because of its advanced computing ability and features that its offers. So because of that it has been proved to affect people’s life in different ways.
According to “Top10 REVIEWS”, smart phone can help to plan business and (life). It says:“Smart phones offer the features you need to manage the myriad details of your life whether that includes scheduling business meetings, tracking your family’s schedule, reading email, or surfing the web”
it says again that smart phones “are much more than just cell phones; they provide instant access to the web. Whether you’re researching news to predict the stock market or looking for the perfect golf course on the weekend, you’ll find it on the net
And they can also serve as multimedia devices, so your entertainment goes with you. They can store and display pictures and videos of friends and family and even entire feature-length movies
So what makes smart phones amazing is their design, multimedia, call features or quality, their memory capacity or storage and some additional features that include practical tools like (calculators, map applications and GPS).” from: (http://cellphones.toptenreviews.com/smartphones/)
Thus with all these features that Smartphone has and the characteristic that is presenting compared to other cell pones, I definitely agree with the statement above and say that it is an evidence that smart phones affect different area of people's life. So they are affecting areas like productivity, whereby they can enhance or improve it by facilitating people with a lot of tasks and they can even decrease it when for example the staff of a company instead of focusing on the work, they immerse them selves in the entertainment offered by a smart phone and sometimes loose even the control of a situation, that can require a lot of attention.
And in other areas like education smart phones play an important role in helping student to access some information and online researches or use its advanced calculator.Regarding communication in the workplace its effects are undeniable. Smart phones have improved it by facilitating for example the process of sending and receiving e mails, by enhancing the call quality and developing some instant messaging. And in social engagement they effects are palpable as well.
To conclude I will say, technology has changed the patter of people’s life. To day people don’t live the same way people used to maybe 30 years ago because the technology. It has affected human’s life.
So as a result of the high technology “smart phones” do the same thing I mean affect human’s life in numerous areas and the effects of that are no insignificant.