The Bad and Good of Our Smartphone Culture
Across the several countries surveyed, people’s behaviour toward smartphones tend to be largely positive. In most of the countries, a large majority say smartphones have been good for them personally, and many also say smartphones positively impact economy and education.
Smartphone users also overwhelmingly agree that their phones assist them to keep in touch with faraway buddies and family, and keep them informed of the current news and information.
At the same time, people’s positive attitudes are paired with concerns about the effect of smartphones on certain factors of society, and especially their impact on children. A majority of the public says that the increasing use of smartphones has had a bad effect on children nowadays. And when asked about the potential risks of smartphone use, majorities in every country say human should be very concerned that mobile phones might expose the kids to harmful or inappropriate content.
The Positives Of Mobile Phones
Where once our backpacks and purses were filled with cell phones, CD players, cameras, laptops, video cameras, GPS devices, e-readers, and more, we now only need a carry a small, light-weight mobile phone to accomplish all those tasks. mobile phones are powerful, little devices, and they have done much for our society.
Here are just some fast stats on smart phone usage.
- 80% of internet users own a smartphone.
- 48% of millennials view video exclusively on their mobile devices.
- By 2019, mobile advertising will account for 72% of all US digital ad spending.
Clearly, mobile phones are tremendously popular with multiple generations and demographics, and their use has had wide-reaching impacts on our culture.
- Cameras Everywhere: When everybody has cameras in their pocket, we are digitizing and immortalizing the era. From cute GIFs of cats to videos sparking national debates, a whole population, with video cameras at their disposal, is something we have never seen before.
- Use in Education: Students can take pictures of their notes, to send to classmates, fast online quizzes, and polls, created by the teachers, and even record full lectures with their mobile phones. The potential applications for smartphones in educational settings is only just being explored.
- Use in Business: Business professionals can more handy access their business communications, more fast respond to an urgent needs, and do extra with less time. For small businesses, mobile phones can provide fast access to banking functions, and permit you to control your social media accounts on the go. You also can make money with smartphone.
The Negatives Of Mobile Phones
- Fear of Missing Out: There’s a phenomenon that has happened due to society’s constant connections to social media called the “Fear of Missing Out.” When one is constantly seeing the exciting, noteworthy, or glamorous events of the lives, of one’s social media connections, human feel as though their own life is drab, and dull by comparison. They fear that they are missing out on their own life. The problem with FOMO is the individuals it impacts are looking outward instead of inward. When you’re so tuned in to the ‘other,’ or the ‘better’ (in your mind), you lose your authentic sense of self. This constant fear of missing out means you are not participating as a real individual in your own world.”
- Nomophobia: Nomophobia is a new diagnosable disorder in which the subject has an irrational fear of losing, or being without their mobile phone. As we become more and more dependent on these devices, our competence to cope without them dwindles. A survey by SecurEnvoy state, 77% of teens had anxiety about spending their day without their phone.