How Mobile Technologies Are Shaping a New Generation

Reading e-mails on the subway, texting in the classroom and during boring meetings, chatting while waiting in line, surfing the web while watching TV, Its hard to deny that mobile technology has invaded the lives of the new generation. Mobile technologies have changed how we get our news, how we communicate at home and in the office, and how we send and store data.

One of the most significant pieces of evidence that mobile technology has become a major influence on how we live our lives is the significant effect it has on the youngest members of society and how much it has permeated their lives. For example, according to the Harvard Business Review more than 50% of 11 year olds own a cell phone. Other facts revealed in the article include statistics about their usage of the internet. According to the article approximately 90 % of teenagers use the internet to play online games.

10 years ago, smart phones had not even been invented, and far fewer people used a cell phone. It was not until Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, that mobile technology, really began to take off. The iPhone was the first advanced cell phone with touch screen technology that allowed user to send text messages, play games and surf the web, all with a flick of the finger. The amount of time and money that people spent on mobile technology has skyrocketed since then.

Before the IPhone mobile phones were used mainly for phone calls and the occasional text message. While there were a few early smartphones that allowed users to surf the web, take photos and play games, the technology was slow and clunky, and people did not really begin to adopt it until a fast reliable phone with touch screen capabilities was developed.

Since then mobile technology has continued to advance and evolve, further permeating our lives. Today the majority of people get their news either on the internet or on their mobile device while on the go. In fact, a 2011 study says that people spend 44 minutes a day consuming traditional print media, which is 22 minutes less than time spent on mobile devices. 26 minutes of this time is spent reading newspapers, which is a decrease of 30% from the previous year. Chances are that this gap has increased in the year and a half since the study was released.

This signs of this can be seen everywhere as more and more newspapers and other sources of print media are either closing up shop or moving to electronic based sources such as the internet and e-books. It greatly apparent that the move towards electronic media is on the rise and more and more people buy e-readers such as the kindle and nook, as well as tablets, and smartphones that are capable of reading electronic media.

The next generation is becoming even more concerned about being able to conduction their business and day to day activities while on the go. Today we use mobile technology to increase our connections with people who are far away from us. As social media sites such as twitter and Facebook continue to grow in both members and usage, this becomes more and more evident every day. In 2006 24% of people had one or more social media profiles, and in 2012 54% of people have a social media profile, with the numbers increasing every day.

Mobile technology is changing our lives and the lives of the next generation in ways we barely even notice. Today, the average person begins their day by waking up to an alarm on their phone or other mobile device. Many people than use the same mobile device to listen to music while getting reading for the day or during the morning workout. They might check their e-mail, read the paper, browse Facebook, and send and receive a few text messages, all before setting out the door. For the younger generations, who have grown up with this technology their entire lives, this is even more ubiquitous. Today's teens spend an average of 16.7 hours per week online, much of it spent multitasking.

It is impossible to predict just what effect this will have on future generations and how technology will evolve to meet the increasing demands of consumers, but one thing is certain, the next generation will spend an increasing amount of time attached to mobile devices and they will continue to expect these devices to become smaller, more lightweight and more advanced. Because the youngest generation considers this type of technology to be normal and has never experienced life without it, it is certain that it will continue to be a permanent part of their lives that will play an ever increasing role in their lives.


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