There are many news stories covering so called smartphone addiction doing the rounds today, presumably following the Ofcom Communications Market Report “A Nation Addicted to Smartphones”.
Whilst I agree that we are becoming increasingly reliant on smartphones as a means to stay connected to friends, family and the media that keeps us abreast of what’s happening in every facet of our lives, I don’t buy all this talk of “acceptable behaviour in social situations”.
The smartphone and indeed digital communications on the whole are indeed brining about huge changes in the way we interact and behave but why does this have to be perceived as a bad thing? Yes it’s a change but I for one see this as a positive change. We are more informed than ever before and social media especially is bringing that information in near real time from those actually in the thick of it.
I communicate with more people now than ever before and that has been made possible, and remains possible, because of my smartphone and because if the myriad of digital communications channels (Twitter, Google+ et al.).
We are not addicted to our smartphones. We may be addicted to finding out more, of wanting to read around the subjects that interest us and of wanting to be more social than ever before but cut this crap about being addicted to smartphones.
I talk to more people because of social media. I interact with more people now because I can access social media anywhere, via my smartphone. I’m not addicted, it’s a tool.