Let’s face it, everyone owns a smart phone. It has become the a part of the pat down you guys do on your way out of the house; keys, wallet, and phone. It’s changing the way we do everything; interacting with others, dating, keeping up on current events. Amazing things have come from this: Uber, Netflix, Yelp, etc. Is all of this connectivity a good thing? Are we over indulging and having too much dependence on our phones?
There is no doubt that as a whole the smart phone revolutionized the world in a good way, however at what cost? New words get added to the dictionary every year such as; Binge watch, selfie, YOLO… acronyms, shouldn’t make the cut, nor should any other ten second word.
That’s just one small aspect of the smart phone. People are losing the art of interacting with others in real time. Originally the cell phone was to make calls, nowadays I only make calls to my parents or grandparents, or when I need to get something taken care of quickly I call… otherwise it’s a text. So the original function of a phone is losing its necessity. Texting is the new standard of communication, it was estimated in 2014 that 8 trillion text messages were sent. That’s almost 22 billion messages a day!
The internet was created in the 60s…. technically, however it took decades to improve. The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson, he sent himself a message which he soon forgot. In 1991 the World Wide Web was introduced. In 1993 there were only 623 websites on the internet. It took only 5 years for the internet to reach an audience of 50 million users.
In 2014, nearly 3 billion people used the internet world wide. As far as emails are concerned, roughly 204 million emails are sent every minute! Calm down, 70% of those emails are generally spam. Lastly, since you are probably on it now, the FI in WIFI doesn’t mean anything, the creators liked the sound of it. Enough with the history lesson.
What I’m asking you is how long can you go without picking up your phone? A day? An afternoon? Twenty minutes? Odds are it’s less than that. The smart phone is only about 10 years old, where will we be in another 10 or 20 even? Talking will probably be out the window next. It’s bringing a lot more good than bad luckily, however the bad it’s bringing is human interaction or lack thereof.