Smartphones and Social Media – Where Will it Take Us
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The phone as a means of communication lost its initial function many years ago. The inception of the change in the way phones are used started in the 1980s, when answering machines were introduced, as supplements to the traditional landline phone. After that we saw the advent of fax machines and then in the 1990s, cell phones overtook the market, so we were able to text our friends and even play games (Snake Game rocked). Today, when the number of people using smartphones has skyrocketed, the process of communication has gone to an unprecedented level. The relation between smartphones and social networks has contributed to it, as well.
Smartphone killed the desktop
Although this heading is a bit hyperbolic, in the future decades even less people will be using desktop computers, on account of further popularization of the smartphone. In 2013, for instance, the number of Americans surfing the net via the smartphone has significantly risen. While TV remained the ultimate media ruler, it is striking that an average adult American surfed the web for 27 hours from their desktop computers and spent surprising 34 hours on the net on their smartphones. Further data on this trend can be seen here.
Teens dictate trends
While adults represent an important share of the Internet market, the epidemic spread of smartphones among teenage population has put this target audience pretty high on the list of marketing aims. Social media and teens go hand in hand, like pensioners and morning newspapers. Since it is possible to be online all day long via smartphones, it is no wonder that teenagers exploit this possibility as much as they can. On public buses, in the parks, even during their school classes teenagers write statuses on social networks and post photos. Also, the arrival of the selfie and its connection with social networks has added to the overall craze that follows the smartphone access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other features. Today people aged 13-19 represent the most vital group of social networking participants through gadgets.
With all these new communication trends, it seems that conversations will never stop. Although the use of the SMS service and the development of chat options were the beginning of such a string of events, the option of 24/7 online presence on social groups can actually lead to perpetual conversations. Also, performances of smartphones are being improved as we speak, so that we could get a new mobile phone almost on an annual basis. Those new devices will be able to take better photos in a shorter period of time and also access the Internet at even faster pace.
However, being available all the time could be pretty stressful. It would really be wise to leave the phone aside at least for an hour or two every day, to give your brain a time to rest.
Perspective of (ph)on(e)line socialization
It goes without saying that cell phones are yet to surprise as with state-of-the-art innovations. From the present perspective, it seems that in the future we will be able to project multimedia content from our smartphones to any flat surface. So, you could get a video clip from your friend via Facebook and display it on any flat area. Furthermore, there are plans to make foldable phones. For example, you could simply fold it as a wristwatch and then just open it and check what’s new on your profile wall or chat with your friends when having a jogging rest in the park.
As the unprecedented technological progress has spread into every field of our life, we have to catch up with it to stay socially active participants of the community. Those who don’t get involved in this process will have worse job opportunities and poorer social life. It might seem harsh, but that’s the way it is. So, take your smartphone and see what’s new out there in the web sphere.
Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites.
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