|The elegant machines we all know so well, and can’t live without.|
As we continue to move into the uncertainty of future, we seem to gradually become more and more tech-savvy, especially the younger generation. Every single day something new is happening somewhere, and thus the dynamic nature of technology continues to progress. And especially smartphones have become almost a symbol of modern identity.
Smartphones, the names were not so baselessly established after all. Previously, I had once read someone arguing about why should these devices be named such, and questions concerning what is so ‘smart’ about them. Indeed, initial smartphones were better than feature phones only in terms of processing speed, versatility of applications and specifications. But gradually, as the userbase of smartphones began to grow, the app ecosystem continued to expand at a tremendous, almost unbelievable rate, producing nifty apps to do pretty much everything digital for you. From mobile browsers capable of opening sites not having mobile versions to translators of varios kind, from the huge diversity of games to portable book-reading apps (such as Aldiko, Kobo etc) featuring thousands and thousands of books for online and offline access alike, the vast diversity of this digital ecosystem has indeed contributed to making the phones really smart.
|The world continues to become more and more connected,
and the rapid growth of technology is contributing to it.
One of the major impacts of smartphones on the society has been a great increase in social networking. The likes of Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter, all were ready with their diverse, beautiful and powerful applications for smartphone access. Facebook and MySpace existed before the release of first truesmartphones, but the gist of social networking could only be felt after apps made it possible for users to update their statuses, broadcast their words, share local news and events and use those shared by others from the portability of a mobile system. Thus, the app-diversity of these tools have turned them invaluable.
And this app-diversity has contributed to the rising fame of these mobile devices, and indeed some are being hailed as life-partners now. The power of these smartphones lies in the fact that their diverse apps help us keep track of our daily lives without even knowing it. We can now safely rely on our phones to wake us up from sleep, featuring much better and sophisticated programmable alarms than old-school alarm clocks. Those nifty reminders and To-Do list apps keep on reminding us what is important and what isn’t, and we can finally de-clutter our lives without the need of an effective and organized pen-and-paper system. These tools are thus helping us stay more focused on our works, handling lesser worries themselves. For example, if I am to buy a couple of medicines tomorrow, at 5:00 PM, I can set myself a reminder, and forget about it. While it isn’t really the solution for all tasks (very important ones are to be kept in mind, still), daily jobs can indeed be nicely organized and handled by these apps.
|Social networking and mobile internet availability
has turned us into a more connected lot
Another greatly positive impact of the smartphones is that, these devices have turned many people into avid readers. No longer do we require to carry all those bundles of magazines and books, or ‘stay tuned’ to catch the latest headlines, we can easily read them all on our devices. SIM-powered tablets andphablets are still better, allowing us more screen area to read our stuff. And growing internet connectivity and speed has helped us to keep in touch with the most recent updates regarding almost every sphere or field. No matter whether you’re a businessman seeking latest information on stocks and shares or a science-savvy student willing to get your hands on the latest pieces of info released by NASA, there are apps to do the work for you.
And a third major impact of these devices on the society is that, these devices are making us capable of doing more things everyday. Booking an air-ticket is no longer a problem when you’ve your smartphonewith you. Remote databases and growing digitization of various departments and elements of modern life has eased this process, thanks to networking. And this networking benefit is multiplied several times because of mobile internet connectivity. Mobile TVs, mobile hotel-booking services, mobile newsreaders, mobile dictionaries and mobile encyclopedias, we have everything today.
There are indeed several detrimental effects of these devices on our society, such as growing levels of anxiety and mental problems, physical ailments due to long hours of exposure to high levels of radiation (especially so in the case of devices with harmful SAR values), but as a whole the society continues to progress, and Smartphones are becoming more and more indispensable for us all. These are rightly the tools of future.
|Superorganisms are often described as a cluster of
interacting, independent organisms. Bees are the most
common examples in this regard, and quite notably so as seen.
Lastly, one of the rather undiscussed effects ofsmartphones is the change in human psychology, which, some may argue, can be equated to a certain degree of micro-evolution. These devices are turning us into more social organisms, and thus uncovering the latent ‘hive mentality’ in us. Recent advancements in neuroscience continue to show us revealing examples of this sort of mentality, in which a whole group of humans continues to advance towards what can be called a state of being a super-organism. This Hive mindset continues to evolve, and is certain to impact our society even more.