Internet addiction has long been discovered ever since computers were introduced. However, recent studies in the UK revealed that smart phone have overtaken laptops as the primary device from which internet is accessed. Consequently, the time spent on the internet has also increased by more than 20 hours a week all due to the rise in smart phone use. Accordingly, 33 percent of UK residents see their smart phone as the primary device for all their online activities i.e casual surfing, social media, shopping and other activities. Tablets on the other hand only make up 19 percent of the user base.
With the growing addiction to internet and social media, people are recording their entire life events on the internet. Go on social media, and people are posting so much personal information, it’s scary. On top of that, all such information is shared through our smart phones. But what happens when we end up losing or having our devices stolen? The first thing any thieve would go through is your social networks – unless it is locked with apps like social media vault – your password will most likely be changed and your account would be hijacked to say the least. Sadly, there’s isn’t much you can do after that.
In the UK, 66 percent of the people own a smart phone, while nearly 90 percent of teens in the UK own a smart phone, a significant number indeed. Given these figures, as the smart phone user further grows so will internet addiction. With 4G LTE infrastructure fast replacing 3G, the quality, speed and overall affordability of the internet will sky rocket. With better access to internet and increasing affordability, combined with smart phones, the user demographics is bound to change for both good and worse. Lets first examine the good before we examine the worse:
The positive impact of evolving wireless and smart phone technology:
With smart phone equipped with high-speed internet, students can conduct research at anytime, anyplace, allowing them more flexibility in pursuing their academic goals. For professional in business management, smart phone technology allows more flexibility to work while on the go. Be it coordinating with clients, purchasing goods, arranging face-to-face meetings via Skype, it can all be done on a smart phone and a fast data package. Finally, moderate users who only use the internet for information or work instead of leisure can benefit most from smart phones.
The negative impact of evolving wireless and smart phone technology:
With more people relying on the internet and smart phones for work and play, there will be a few that will overdo it. For examples, workaholics may be constantly glued to their smart phones, sending emails, texting, checking databases and other work related stuff. While those with much idle lifestyle will become addicted to watching videos, surfing social media and playing games on their smart phones. Thus, this convenient tool becomes a curse for some who base their lifestyle around their smart phones and other electronic gadgets.
Smart phones, unlike any other technological tool have had the most impact on our lives. With their portability, connectivity and processing ability, these devices are having a profound impact on our society.