Do we rely on our smartphones too much? Probably

The age of mobile is upon us. The number of mobile phone subscriptions in Australia outnumbers our population, the global number of worldwide mobile users have overtaken desktop users, and 60% of internet traffic now comes from mobile devices.

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They kind of do everything for us

We trust our smartphones with our private thoughts and messages, our banking, our navigation, and our ability to remember just about anything. But do we trust these devices too much? What happens if (when?) this technology betrays us?

The idea of technology betraying mankind is embedded in our culture, it can be found in an abundance of films from Westworld to The Matrix  and Terminator, and beyond.

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That’s right, even WALL-E

But the type of technological betrayal I’m talking about is much less apocalyptic and much more gently inconvenient.

Society’s heavy reliance on smartphones can leave us feeling pretty unprepared to make our way through the world without them. Whether it be not knowing where to look on the train when your phone battery dies, or struggling to remember the name of that cartoon talking bear with the rabbit friend when you’ve burned through your data allowance.

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His name is Arthur, and he’s an Aardvark

 

As we grow more and more reliant on our smartphones, and use them for more and more functions, the odds of them letting us down when we need them most will steadily rise. Soon enough we will be using our phones to unlock our houses, to turn on our cars, and to run our appliances. But what happens when they let us down? My phone can barely last the day right now, so I can’t imagine it coping very well if tasked with connecting every bit of technology in my life, so I’m not sure I’m ready to trust my smartphone (or my wi-fi) with so much responsibility.

Even though most of the time our phones let us down it’s in severely minor situations, sometimes it can be pretty dire. Like when our GPS’s get us lost , or our banking details are stolen from our phones.

I’m not saying technology is bad, I’ll leave that to Michael Crichton novels. All I’m saying is that as we move towards a world where our pocket devices are capable of managing more and more of our lives, and we rely on them more and more, we need to remember that they can’t always be dependent on, and having an analogue backup probably isn’t the worst idea, at least for now.

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5 thoughts on “Do we rely on our smartphones too much? Probably

  1. Great blog! I find it so interesting how much a small device has become such a personal and meaningful thing for so many people. I honestly rely on my phone so much, for work, emails, uni timetable, banking and getting from one destination to the next. I’d literally be lost without it.

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    • I completely agree, and it’s amazing how recent a phenomenon it is. I mean only ten years ago we didn’t have these luxuries, and now the world has changed so quickly to the point where things like remembering phone numbers, reading maps and hoarding menus’s seems so archaic, despite them being run of the mill parts of our life not long ago.

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  2. Some good points made here, we do rely on our smartphones too much. However, how must simpler are our lives with them? From ordering groceries online to booking a holiday in minutes. Smart phones have saved us the day to day toil of everyday activities. That being said, is it such a bad thing that we rely on them so much?

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    • Oh I absolutely agree, the daily minutiae bypassed, and the way we can connect to all kinds of information, services and people with the aid of our smartphones is definitely a positive in my books, I just feel as though we shouldn’t let ourselves become too dependent on them, as they will inevitably under perform from time to time, and in those moments we need to be able to function without them.

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