The power of the smartphone <br />Introduction<br />With power comes responsibility but what more when the power is literally in the palm of your hands? Can we control it?<br />
So what are smartphones??<br /><ul><li>Basically a smartphone is a mini held computer as one can perform just about almost everything. From playing of music, checking/sending emails, wordsheets, spreadsheets. But still one can still perform basic phone operations at the same time like making and receiving of phone calls/ messages.
As fascinating and mind blowing this may seem a question is paused… </li></li></ul><li>So what then are the downfalls???<br />Social Engagement<br />It has become a general realisation in my view that people in this day and age are valuing their possessions e.g. smartphones rather than important things like relationship building, face to face conversations, exploring nature and general outdoors. E.g. social activities and visiting places.<br />Some even go the extent of preferring chatting on their phones rather than conversations with parents.<br />Smartphones in the social world have become more like “the friend I never had”<br />Others don’t see the need to make friends, (Sending friend requests on facebook doesn’t count by the way) <br />
Education<br />-Some people find themselves caught in this technology web and can seem to study due to the expectation of a message or email.<br />-somehow the urge of just wanting to check for example facebook overpowers our minds, which leads to low concentration levels.<br /><ul><li>But one may say “I use my phone for research” but its not necessarily the case all the time.</li></li></ul><li>Communication in the Workplace<br /><ul><li>According to polls done about whether or not smart phones the hurt workplace 60% of people agreed. This statistic shows that phones are not used appropriately at the workplace.
Concentration levels affected due to distractions such as phone calls. This can affect productivity since work time will be used as personal time which can result in low sales since workers will not be giving their all.</li></li></ul><li>What does research say:<br /><ul><li>In recent study (February 2010) smartphone use has risen by 193%, also smartphones account for 48% of traffic. Which is an increase from 35% This shows how much more people use their phones, and with sales increasing so does the usage.
In the U.S. about 42% of the people use smartphones. Which is almost half the population.</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br /><ul><li>Smartphones as amazing as they are, can make our lives easier, however nothing comes without its disadvantages.
When misused they can affect our lives negatively.
People do not know where to draw the lines and this as a result leads to the conclusion that smartphones are affecting the work place, social engagement and even education.</li></li></ul><li>Bibliography<br />http://mobihealthnews.com/6178/study-42-percent-of-u-s-uses-a-smartphone/<br />http://eyeka.net<br />http://testkitchen.colorado.net<br />http://www.devx.com/Whitepapers/Article/44387<br />http://mobile-marketing-blog.net/2011/02/smartphone-market-share-statistics.html<br />http://shutupand googleit.com<br />