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.

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

  1. 1. “You Never Forget Your First”<br />At what age do we start to need a smartphone?<br />Image: mateoone<br />
  2. 2. Image: Ricky Romero<br />Today, 19% of all phones sold are smartphones – and this number is growing every month! <br />
  3. 3. But who are the owners of all these smartphones? <br />Image: Chris CB<br />
  4. 4. For what demographic do they become a ‘need’ rather than a ‘want’?<br />Image: Byron and Tamara<br />
  5. 5. Children are asking for, and receiving, smartphones of their own - at youngerand younger ages. <br />Image: dizzylizzy1227<br />
  6. 6. Image: Photo Giddy<br />It’s clear why: The vast variety of available apps offers entertainment, useful information and loads of fun <br />
  7. 7. Image: chailey<br />And they’re being targeted: <br />Phones sport new “kid-friendly” designs and are promoted as ways for families always “on the go” to keep in touch. <br />
  8. 8. This mobile exposure is affecting childhood as we know it…<br />Image: laffy4k<br />
  9. 9. 19% of kids worldwide (ages 2-5)can operate a smartphone application.Only 9% can tie their shoelaces. <br />Image: woodleywonderworks<br />
  10. 10. Image: woodleywonderworks<br />With simpler ways to stay in touch, smartphones are probably not necessities for children. <br />
  11. 11. Smartphones are even more prominent among teenagers – they are the device of choice for <br />connecting to the web and to each other <br />Image: esteban<br />
  12. 12. So, necessity?<br />50% of teens say they text their parentsevery day70% say they use text messaging to do school work <br />Image: Dave Shareski<br />
  13. 13. Image: Chris Campbell<br />But most schools treat the phone as a disruptive force that must be managed and often excluded from the classroom <br />
  14. 14. Image: Bruno Barreto<br />And smartphones can be dangerous:<br />1 in 3 American <br />teens aged 16-17 admits to <br />having texted while driving <br />
  15. 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<br />don’t, you are out of it socially.<br />Image: sofianeb<br />
  16. 16. Image: Alberto Varela<br />At an age when ‘fitting in’ is pivotal, maybe smartphones are necessary for teens trying to keep up with our mobilized world.<br />
  17. 17. But with Mom & Dad likely footing the expensive bills that smartphones entail, perhaps their opinion matters more.<br />Image: William Ross<br />
  18. 18. Adults have the freedom to choose the phone that they feel best suits their needs… <br />…but is this necessarily a smartphone?<br />Image: sparktography<br />
  19. 19. In the working world, the consensus seems to be ‘yes’<br />Image: Niccolò Caranti<br />
  20. 20. Having mobile access to email and other online services provides an edge in business.<br />Image: Holtsman<br />
  21. 21. Email has taken over the workplace, and employees are expected to be informed on projects before they even arrive at the office <br />Image: Dan Levy<br />
  22. 22. Image: Matthew Rutledge<br />Smartphones also allow workers to stay connected to friends and family during the work day<br />
  23. 23. They’re also common outside the office: <br />Smartphone ownership among stay-at-home moms is higher than in the general population <br />Image: ChrisGoldNY<br />
  24. 24. Over 50% of the moms surveyed in a<br />recent BabyCenter survey said they purchased a smartphone as a <br />direct result of <br />becoming a parent <br />Image: boostmobile<br />
  25. 25. Fulltime parents claim that their smartphones are necessary for: <br />1. Organization 2. Educational apps3. Media features<br />Image: Jean Pichot<br />
  26. 26. Do smartphones help parents to ‘parent’? Or are they a distraction? <br />Debatable.<br />Image: C-Monster<br />
  27. 27. Clearly, the ‘necessity’ of smartphones at any age is a matter of perspective!<br />
  28. 28. But whether they fill our ‘wants’ or ‘needs’, they are becoming the standard in mobility.<br />
  29. 29. References<br />Slide 2:<br />Slide 6:<br />Slide 7:<br />Slide 9:<br />Slide 11:<br />Slide 12:<br />Slide 13:<br />Slide 14:<br />Slide 21:<br />Slide 23:<br />Slide 24:<br />Slide 25:<br />All photos found on flickr Creative Commons<br />