The prevalence of smartphones as a greater convenience in our daily lives has taken a turn from its original purpose of staying connected via texting and calling to a wider and more extensive functionality such as the ability to play games, track friends, or family members, connect to the internet, and of course through social media.
Pros of Smartphones:
- Staying connected – staying connected to our friends and family members, especially the younger ones is very important in the everyday running of life. The ability to call or text either through your normal network or through the use of Wi-Fi can put a lot of minds at peace.
- Wi-Fi – this is an advantage to smartphones as with Wi-Fi, or where there is a hotspot, connectivity becomes available and gives us access to e-mail and other important Wi-Fi features.
- Socialization – socializing becomes easier with smartphones as staying connected with friends can become mobile and keeping tabs on them and where they are becomes fully accessible. Social media applications being available are also useful.
- All in one – smartphones are considered all in one. Calendars, notes, flashlight, e-mail, camera, and many other things, all in a compact size that fits in your pocket.
Cons of Smartphones:
- Cost – smartphones do not come cheap, and with the manufacturers constantly coming up with upgrades, people, especially the younger generation, will want to keep up and always have the latest model even if additional functionality proves insufficient to warrant a new purchase.
- Social networking – the prevalence of social networking may not be purely done via smartphones, but this means is definitely the most commonly used. It has been said that social networking is slowly talking the place of actual social interaction.
- Communication – as being able to stay connected via texts and calls is a positive effect of having a smartphone. Communication can also be hindered with this device. With so many available functionalities, communication with family and friends may be shortened.
- Internet addiction disorder – taking the internet around with you all the time in a small compact device that can fit in your pocket can sometimes prove to be harmful to the user as there have been many reported cases of internet addiction to date.
- Alter ego – through the non-facial interaction that smartphones can offer, some people especially those going through identity crises may take on an alter ego.
- Emotions – a person’s emotional state may be affected by smartphones as interaction with actual people may be decreased.
Smartphones will always definitely have their advantages but make sure that you use it in moderation as to not let it completely rule over your life. Consider this especially when giving a smartphone to a teenager or a child.