I read a statistic somewhere that more people own a cell phone than a toothbrush. I believe it. But I won’t be whispering any secrets to folks who only have the phone.
The evolution of the smart phone has surely changed behavior. It’s changed mine. And the pace of technology will continue to drive people away from the conventional computer and onto mobile devices, as if they’re not already. So any professional who wants to stay connected – and communicate with frequency and relevance – better get comfortable with an efficient mechanism to take advantage of a mobile, media-rich world. The younger generation, “digital natives” have been there and are a very receptive audience. They don’t know any other way. The challenge is for “digital immigrants” (like myself) who have been drawn into this new environment. It’s not without its problems but the opportunities are infinite.
Sometimes you see people talking on the phone. (I don’t like loud talkers.) More often than not, they are looking at it texting with both thumbs; I still have a trouble with that. Next time you’re out at a mall, movie theater, sidewalk, grocery store, beach, boat, concert, airport, train station, college campus, high school, wedding, hospital, office park, restaurant, sporting event, conference, waiting room, trade show, party, family reunion, holiday dinner, bus, bar, bathroom…take notice. Have you ever seen anyone (under age 60) without a phone?
I’m really not sure why they are still called phones. If Steve Jobs were around he’d probably introduce a new name for this portable computer that comes with a telephone.
P.S. When a jet lands why does every person turn on their phone immediately?