When evaluating our culture’s necessity for technology, we cannot ignore the rapid growth and development of mobile devices.
Sure, cell phones have been around for a while, but smartphones are an entirely different category. Their capabilities epitomize the progress technology has made, and as we all know, combine all of these progresses into the palms of our hands.
The technology makes this possible, but we’re the ones who demand it. We’re responsible for creating the necessity for wifi and 3G access everywhere. This is because we feel the need to check our social media outlets, emails, news feeds and other application data multiple times per day. Yet when you think about it, this wasn’t required to get us through an average day a few years ago. Back then, we would’ve been content only having a landline with dial-up Internet.
These new habits, however, have been accomodated into our daily routines– no matter what else we have going on.
And this itself says a lot about our current society. It appears that there’s never enough. We constantly need more. More information, more speed, more access.
The success of smartphones i.e. the mobile revolution has become our source for satisfying our compulsive attractions and addictions to digital media– our necessities for more.
And based on this report, it’s clear that smartphones are taking over. In the last quarter of 2010, 100.9 million smartphones were shipped. Crazy.
Individually, we may know handfuls of others who do not use smartphones, which this report acknowledges, especially when considering third world markets. But it’s likely this won’t be the case forever if we continue to demand more from modern technology’s innovators.