Mobile devices are playing an ever-important role in our daily lives. Being connected to the world gives us a sense of security and safety, even though there are quite a few dangers to mobile devices as well, which will be discussed in a future article. But what are we doing with our mobile devices on a daily basis?
Tons of Entertainment in Pocket-sized Format
Our society has evolved from relying on landlines and television to mobile devices in a short timespan. Just a few decades ago, being connected to the world meant watching the evening news, or reading the newspaper in physical format every morning. Communication with other people was limited to either face-to-face conversations, or sitting next to a non-portable telephone.
Over the years, new technologies came along, such as the Internet. Even though connecting to the Internet was a pain in the neck during the early stages, more and more people became acquainted with this new and powerful tool to communicate with the world. It only made sense to see Internet connectivity make an appearance on more portable devices, other than laptops and notebooks.
Fast forward until this very day, and we carry more mobile devices than ever before. Nearly everyone has access to a smartphone, whereas others keep laptops, smartwatches, and tablets nearby at all times. In terms of productivity, this may seem like a positive trend, as we can keep on working while we are on the move.
But that is not what most people use their mobile devices for, nor should they per sé. The main selling point of smartphones and other smart devices is the entertainment factor. Rather than talking to other people or reading a magazine, why not play a game on your mobile device? Most of these applications and games are free of charge, and are a great way to pass the time.
In fact, the mobile gaming industry has been booming for the past few years, and that trend will most likely continue for many years to come. Entertainment on mobile devices extends beyond gaming though, as it can be used for video and audio content. Some people use mobile devices to read, depending on how comfortable you are with starting at a small[er] screen for an extended period of time.
Increasing Efficiency With Mobile Devices
Most everyday consumers value entertainment and convenience more than anything these days. Mobile devices allow us to kill time when waiting for something or someone, or even while commuting. Some people might argue that these devices could be used in a more efficient manner, and they are probably right.
That being said, consumers should always be given the choice how they use the mobile devices at their disposal. There is a time for productivity, and a time for entertainment. People will be able to figure out their own schedule in how to use these mobile devices in the long run. As long as they stop using them in cars, while driving that is, everything will turn out just fine in the end.
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