Posted by: Hilary Dietz
Technology is advancing at rapid speeds and everything is going digital. There is an app for anything you can imagine. Smart phones may soon be smarter than the humans using them. With all these gadgets, we need to occasionally stop and ask – is it going too far?
According to a Nielson report last quarter, smart phones have grabbed nearly 25 percent of the U.S. mobile phone market in 2010. They predict that “smart phones will overtake feature phones by the end of 2011.” Do we really need to rely so heavily on smart phones or are many just in it for the applications?
Blackberry, Droid, iPhone – whichever you prefer – provide users with instant access to online accounts, applications, e-mail, and more. Some rely on their mobile devices for business; others like being able to look something up on the spot, rather than waiting to reach a computer. Apps are one of the selling points for these phones. Apple alone has over 250,000 apps for its iPhone, some worth it and others not. They are rapidly becoming more advanced, such as the Starbucks app that allows customers to pay via smart phone. Lamar Advertising Company is testing a new 2-D bar code, or quick response (QR) bar code. Posters in public locations, such as an Albany transit center, have bar codes that passers-by can scan onto their smart phone and immediately connect to that website.
I may be one of the few that still refuses to purchase a smart phone, let alone Internet for my outdated LG EnV2. While everyone around me understands the hype associated with these technological breakthroughs, I don’t want the distraction of having round-the-clock access at my fingertips.
Where will technology take us tomorrow? Is it making our society lazy since they don’t need to go extra lengths to read the news or buy a top-selling book? Or is it creating a society more involved with each other and up-to-date with current events? Only time will tell.