Smartphones and everyday life

Nowadays technology is growing at a tremendous phase as more and more online services and online software (so-called Apps) come into existence, our life becoming easier and easier. Everywhere in the world, there are people using and benefiting from these apps. Even though, these apps provide many useful things that we would’ve dreamt of in the past there are possible problems associated with these apps. Let us explore these problems in the following series of posts in this category. This post reflects my view and takes on these technologies and your opinions may differ and the posts will quote articles to scientific findings from the research paper and I strongly encourage you to read them before coming to conclusion.

I am a person who supports technology in professional and work setting and I also support technology in personal lives with moderation. I am not a person who advocates all technology is bad and it is invading our privacy and we should not use the technology. In a practical sense, we cannot avoid technology in personal lives because there is an obvious reason it is helpful in our day to day lives.

Let us get into the topic

if we see technology these days everything that we use, come in one single device which is our mobile phone.

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In many countries, people who don’t own a computer also get online and voice out their opinion because of these simple to use and handy devices. It is marvellous how we transitioned from a computer to a mobile phone in just 12 years. Let us see whether this is good or bad. Many people these days who don’t know how to use a computer knows how to use a mobile phone.

Let us explore what is small and marvellous tech achievement really is. As some of you know what a computer is and what are the parts of a computer. But do you know what a smartphone has ?. Little too many people beliefs a smartphone is a little computer that rests in your pocket. Let us see how similar a smartphone is to a computer. In the table below we can see how smartphones are similar to a computer.

ComponentComputerSmart phone
CPUYes  
(Intel Core i3, i5, i7, etc), AMD (Ryzen 3, 5, 7, etc)



Yes  
(Apple A7, A8, A9, etc), Qualcomm Snapdragon series of processors, Samsung Exenos line of processors, etc.
RAMYes  
(DDR3, DDR4, LPDDR, etc)
Yes  
(SODIMM, etc)
StorageYes  
Harddisk(Seagate, Western Digital,etc) SSD(Samsung, Intel, etc)
Yes  
NAND Flash or SD Cards( made by samsung or similar manufacturer),etc
Graphic Card or On-Board GraphicsYes  
(Intel On board Graphics) or more popular Nvidea lineups, AMD lineups of GPUs
Yes  
Adreno, Mali, Apple GPU etc
PowerYes  
Mostly DC or battery DC in case of laptops (Li-Ion or Li-Polimer)
Yes  
Mostly Battery occasionally powered up when testing(Li-Ion or Li-Polimer)
Operating SystemYes  
Windows, Linux, MacOS, etc
Yes  
Android, Apple IOS, IPADOS, etc
Ability to install 3rd party softwareYes  
Windows – Setup Files and Microsoft store Linux – Using Repositories, FlatPak, Snaps, etc depends on the distribution MAC OS – mostly using App store and dmg files
Yes  
Android – Playstore(previously known as android market) and APK install IOS, IPADOS – AppStore primarily but can install other apps when device is jailbroken
The similarity between a computer and a smartphone

So in the table above we saw how similar is a computer and a smartphone. You may ask why computers are bulky and not portable as a smartphone and computers are slow and smartphones are fast for the price we pay for them. It is true that smartphones are cheap than most high power computers because of the miniaturization of components. Even though we have the same components as a computer, the components in a smartphone are small and tiny and light and designed for portability in mind.

Previously before the invention of smartphones and tablet devices, people will limit the usage of the computer because it is not portable and internet speeds are very low and costly. Fast forward to 2020 almost everyone got a computer in their pocket.

It is awesome how much convenience these little devices brought to us. Imagine when we want to go somewhere and don’t know the route to the location, that is a nightmare of long and tedious search and more. But now we can go to our maps and search for the location we need to go then it calculates the route for us to the location. If I go through a routine of an individual in this post then we will know the extent of our usage and reliance on technology. It is like small storytelling but I don’t know how I can explain this clearly without this.

Our story starts with a person who is a student in a college studying his under graduation and he has a computer and a smartphone at his disposal. When he wakes up in the morning with an alarm going off in his smartphone and then once he wakes up he check his status on social media.

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Put on some likes to photos and posts and check YouTube whether there is anything new to look at and see 3-5 videos from their favourite you-tubers or watch some Comedy scenes or TV shows in youtube and then move to do their daily work. When he is ready for breakfast then he looks at his favourite videos on youtube or look updates on Facebook and then once he is finished with the breakfast then he uses maps to look for the best route to the college with less traffic or look at the bus schedule to the college. Once he is fixed he proceeds to the college. when in college he is so used to checking updates he is not able to concentrate on the class for 30 minutes so he checks his social media feed when in the class and when there is a break between classes he listens to his favourite music and updates his status on Facebook. After college hours he is wishing to go shopping and checks the price of the product on Amazon and then he proceeds to the shop to actually buy the product and when the price of the product is actually higher than the product on amazon then he doesn’t buy the product in the shop. After returning home the person listens to some music or see movies or content on youtube or other media streaming platforms when on dinner table he watches his Facebook feed and then goes to bed to watch some more feeds from Facebook or other social media platforms and sleeps at around 12 – 2 AM. This cycle repeats every day for a college student. So what is this person missing out?

  • Real Friends
  • Boredom
  • outdoors
  • Real-world
  • Nature
  • Real interaction with people

What this person gains

  • Virtual friends from all over the world.
  • Entertainment everywhere
  • No boredom
  • The comfort of indoors while watching virtual outdoors
  • Nature through phone or computer screens.
  • Depression (in my opinion)
  • Anxiety (in my opinion)
  • No real interactions
  • No real emotions ( hey there are emojis ?)
  • Feel insecure in the outside world
  • etc.

(Please note that the above things are my opinions and my observations. Everyone’s perspective is different and I am not writing a research paper here)

In the next posts, I will be exploring how much addicted we are to technology and how it is impacting our lives. Some of us will have different views on technology addiction but look around you and see how many people as young as 10 are using smartphones to get entertained. The reason I am encouraged to write this post is even though the technology we use is making a great improvement in our everyday lives, we are missing on many things and I will write these articles as much as unbiased on my view.

Use of technology with moderation will be helpful to humanity.

Arvin Education Admin