Introduction Situation Analysis and Misunderstanding

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Introduction: Situation Analysis andMisunderstanding

With the development of technology, the smart phones haveassumed many functions and have becomeimportant devices in our lives.The young adults have become part and parcel of the smart-phoneworld. People born in the 90’s form the largest number ofsmart-phone daily users. Accordingsurveys done intheAmerican society, teenager mobilephone users send at least 100 every day. 31% send 100 text messagesdaily and 15% send more than 200text messages every day. The average person sendsan average of 50 text messages daily.People can use phones to surf the Internet, update their personalmicro blog, and upload their latest pictures at any place, anytime.

It seems that smart phones have already become an indispensable partin people`s daily lives. The 90s has been affected by 3 aspectsbecause of the smart phones. A smart phone is amobile phone with advanced features and functions that are beyond thetraditional functions of making phone calls and sending text messages(Barrs 101). The introduction of smart phone with additionalapplication might have been misinterpreted by the many users who seemto overuse these devices. The initial purpose of the smart phones wasto ease communication in relation to various activities of thesociety. For instance, the devices were designed for businesspurposes due to their efficiency, cost and application in the modernbusiness dealings (Lee 376). Otherprominent areas where smart phones have impacted greatly areeducation, health and social life. Specifically, this discussionseeks to examine the extent to which smart-phones have impacted onthe social life. The mobile technology has drastically changed theculture and norms of individuals in the society, most of the affectedbeing the young people. This brings us to the understanding that theoriginal purpose of smart-phone technology has since changed and theeffects of the change are transforming the society to an undesirabledirection.

Smart Phones and the Social Media

It is true to say that the social media existedeven before the invention of the smart phones. Computers were beingused as social media devices across the globe. With the introductionof smart phones in the last six years, social media activities havegreatly increased. The applications available in the smart phones canplay similar functions or even better functions as compared to thecomputers. The availability of social network applications in thesmart phones has sent most young people to a world of socialnetworking. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatsApp among other socialsites are said to have millions of subscribed users with 77% of thesubscribers being the young people.

The young generation, the youths, have becomeobsessed with the social media smart phone application because of theaccessibility, availability and portability of the smart-phones(Salehan, &amp Arash 2,432).Before the smart-phones were introduced, the major places peoplecould go to surf the internet were the cyber cafes or on their homecomputers. Internet use in cyber cafés was somehow limited becausethe cafes were not open during the night as well the fact thatcomputers were not portable. It is so disgusting to see young peopleat ant corner of the city and streets spending most of their daytimewith their eyes glued on the smart-phones. To make the matters worse,most young people spend the larger part of their night on theinternet, surfing till the late hours of the night. This indicatesthat the smart phones have caused addiction on the young peoplecausing problems of lack of focus on important matters such aseducation (Lee 377).

In the general society as a whole, social media smart phones havechanged the desired society norms to the undesired behavior andcharacter. The fact that the smart phones have the ability to sendimages has led people to begin sharing naughty images and dirtytalks. Most unwanted social behavior amongst the young people isderived from the social media. Since even children can ownsmart-phones, the habit is rampart posing question as to how the nextgeneration will behave.

Smart Phones and Technology

Through the smart phones, technology is advancingday by day. As the saying goes, ‘necessity is the mother ofinvention’ has played a bigger role in the coming up with mobiledevices that have many applications. Through the smart phone usage,communication technology has taken a significant step in history. Inthe ancient and recent past, phone communication was just known interms of coded voices or to some extent, a written message. Thetechnology of communication has introduced pictures, motion and liveimage between the communicating parties. The need for fastercommunication has brought about improvisation of the mobile devicesto meet the purpose of the communication. With this need, technologyis being so fast represented in the smart phone.

Various Microsoft applications focus on inventionof smart- phones to meet the needs of the market. Smart phonesapplication in business has made transaction more convenient topeople. Payments can be made though phones and people can check theirbank statements and balances through their smart-phones (Salehan,&amp Arash 2,432). Additionally, the smart-phone technology has reduced movement ofpeople in the name of business activity making it possible for peopleto perform many activities at one place. The resultant effect of thisphenomenon is the economic growth and expansion of smart-phonebusiness with more advanced features to suit the need of the market. The smart phone technology has not only reduced paperwork in thebusiness arena but it has also succeeded in the education sector.Learners have found it easy to access learning materials though theirsmart phones. In the past, people would leave their school or collegewith little knowledge of technology (Barrs102). With importance of the phones in accessing learning materials,most learners are benefiting with aspect of technology. Smart phonescan hence be seen as platforms to grow with technology.

Smart phones and (selfie)

One most important application that a smart phonehas is the front and the back camera. The application has resulted torampant and unorganized picturing of people using the cameras. Thephotos taken by oneself have, to a given extent resulted toimmorality in society. This is because people have gained the freedomto capture unethical images and send them to their social mediacounterparts. The situation is not moral because children can accessthe phone and they certainly learn ill behaviors.

The selfies have caused unwanted characters inthe public and in places such as schools as students can spend theirprecious time posting selfies and friends’ images instead ofengaging in learning activities. The camera application has howeverbrought various benefits especially in the business sector where theonline business is at its peak. Individuals can take photos of theirproducts and post them online for sell (Khang, Jung Kyu Kim&amp Yeojin Kim 2,420). This has made the cost of advertisement in small businesses to bereduced singe posting the products online is cheaper, easy and theinformation gets to reach many people. This adoption of onlineadvertisement is more attractive since it gives the real qualities ofthe appearance of the image and leads to more sells.

Conclusion: What the 90’s should Realize

The effects of smart phones have greatly impactedon the young people. As time goes, the future of the 90’s isseemingly unpredictable since most young people have already beenaddicted to this phenomenon. The smart phones have brought with themgood things which the young people should realize and emulate. Theproblem is that the youth are obsessed with the social medial aspectof the smart phones for leisure purposes instead of using theopportunity of the internet they have at their fingertips foreducation purposes. The smart phone internet can sufficiently be usedfor the purposed of academic research and knowledge gain. The timerequired in the education system is too short to be wasted on thesocial medial interactions. The social media is growing a great dealof meaning that after one has completed their education, there shallbe more good and interesting things on the social media than thereare today. This means that the social media is there to stay for allthe generations and young people will always be part of it all in thefuture. Even if the social media has to play a role in the youthlife, the youth themselves should realize what is good and what isbad from the social media. They have the responsibility to utilizethe good aspects of the social media in the name of transforming thesociety rather spreading the ills of the social media to the entiresociety. With this regard, this assessment calls for the need forevery person who uses the smart phones in their lives to take theopportunity and build the society and make it a suitable place foreveryone.

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