Only a decade ago, smartphones didn’t exist – ten years on we cannot imagine a world without phones, or a day without using our personal smartphone. Ever wonder how smartphones have affected our lives?
Here are just a few ways smartphones have improved our lives:
1. Time Saving
The ability to do so many different things on one device (from checking your email, texting friends, checking the weather and news, making appointments to ordering food) saves a huge amount of time and energy. A study from market research firm Harris Interactive found that all of this convenience can save people around 88 minutes a day – which can build up to an incredible total of 22 days per year.
2. Increase Productivity
With Apps to aide you in saving money, losing weight, skipping traffic, carpooling; alerts to drink water, recycle and many more, we are able to make the best use of our time.
3. Staying Connected
With cheap and easy ways of contacting relatives on the other side of the world, as well as Apps such as Facebook notifying us how our relatives Christmas trips were, we are able to stay more connected then ever.
All smartphone’s are fitted with high quality cameras so no matter where you are, you will be able to capture a moment to remember forever. With old film cameras, people would tend to be more selective over what they would capture, whereas now, multiple photos can be taken without worry. Also, we are more likely to document abuse and violence, which can help the authorities and increase our safety.
Through Apps such as FindMyFriends and bSafe, we are able to trace our friends and family to make sure they are safe. Also, with numerous Apps dedicated to ordering taxis (Uber, Lyft, Hailo), walking home alone at night is no longer needed!
6. Accessible Information
Access to the Internet via a smartphone means that we are able to access an incredible amount of information at our fingertips. This not only means that we are able to settle arguments much faster (with lots of “I told you so’s!”), but also that we are able to become more knowledgeable more easily which is changing the way we think.
Although many of us are quick to complain about the effects smartphones have had on the world, and our lives, it is undeniable that there are countless benefits to the small electronic devices we can’t let go of – if not the most significant of all being that we are more connected than ever, and consequently more knowledgeable.