If most people were to check on the phone applications that they had used most over the course of a week, they would likely be very surprised at what they found, for mobile phones are no longer being used for their primary purpose of…a phone.
Perhaps it is not surprising for people to discover that recent UK research by O2 has suggested that people are now using their mobile phones primarily for browsing the internet, using social media, listening to music, playing games and then making phone calls, which only appears slightly above emailing and text messaging.
Smartphones are still a fairly recent addition onto the market but with each passing month more and more people are starting to use their mobile phones as everything but simple communication tools, due to the huge number of additional smartphone integrated functions that are available, which enables people to literally live their lives from their phones.
Smartphones have even been likened to being a digital equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife, due to the fact that they can replace a number of different belongings such as, watches and alarms, cameras, books, laptops, credit/debit cards, music systems, GPS and even flashlights.
An interesting experiment would be to try not using your phone for a week – do you think you could do it? Many people would say that they could, however, these people are probably forgetting how much they use their phone without even realising they are doing so. For example, you may find that you first start to experience problems when trying to set an alarm…after all you’ve been relying on your phone to wake you up and got rid of your clock ages ago.
What about trying to check the time? Many people no longer feel the need to wear a watch because they check their phones so much, so then this also becomes a problem. As does the issue of not having access to Maps as you try and find a restaurant, car park, hotel or any other required location. The biggest impact for most people would more than likely be not having access to the internet; you’d be surprised at how much you’ve come to rely on the easy accessible internet for simple things like checking up on train timetables, making money transfers or simply updating a Facebook status.
Of course in the midst of everything else that you probably use your phone for, we can’t forget how much having a phone and using it to text and phone people helps us on a daily basis, whether it’s finding out the answer to simple questions, scheduling where to meet someone or simply having a catch up with friends.
Whatever you currently use your phone for, whether it’s as a camera, laptop, voice recorder, radio, calendar, bar code scanner, games or listening to music, this list is only set to grow in the future and you’ll find yourself using your phone in an even greater variety of ways as smartphone technology keeps on improving.