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Emphasis On The Smartphone - Rafael Galicot and Gregorio Galicot

2012-03-04


According to Gregorio Galicot.....It started out with email: a quick and easy way for one-on-one interaction, a way to deliver a message from the comfort of your own home -- no postage necessary. This then developed into the instant message, or the IM, allowing people to ‚??talk‚?Ě to each other in real-time, even able to see when the other person was typing. This simple beginning of communication blew up into a smattering of virtual interactions. People made usernames on different websites focused on things from recipes to guitar tabs to reviewing restaurants in a particular town and pooled their knowledge to create huge databases providing great resources for everyone. Although it started out as technology to aid the individual at home, over time the Internet evolved into something much more than that. The Internet became a collection of resources for people to learn from others, a way to gather with complete strangers towards the goal of sharing greater knowledge with others. This growth has never been more complete until the advent of the smartphone, a compact and effective way to hold the web and all of its resources and smaller advancements, in the palm of your hand at all times.

Although smartphones started off as a luxury, their popularity is very quickly rising. According to a study from Nielson, approximately 50% of Americans will own a smartphone by the end of 2011. This fact is due largely in part to the emphasis of people as a whole to improve the individual. Phones began as a way to connect via calling or text messaging. With smartphones, however, people have the ability to connect to each other and while staying connected to the world to an even greater extent. Smartphones integrate the many advancements in the information and communications technology industry into everyday life. These include productivity applications, steps up from the basic to-do lists that allow the user to prioritize and manage the tasks they need to do on a daily basis. There are applications (apps) on smartphones that can update the user on news, making them understand the world more, regardless of where they are. There are educational apps in many different forms: medicine information in your pocket, language learning apps, and virtual flashcards made by people uploading their own flashcards. Instead of the individual working to make technology a part of their life, technology is modified to become compatible and relevant to the person in question. Through these advancements, people as a whole help the individual progress.‚?Ě

One of the most impressive features of smartphones is location services. This service works as a tracker, allowing the Internet to have access to the phone‚??s, and thus the person‚??s, location. Although this may seem like an Orwellian 1984-esque nightmare, it instead opens up a new realm of possibilities when it comes to redefining how people connect. ‚??Check-ins‚?Ě allow people to know what shops and restaurants their friends have been to. Food apps allow people to know what restaurants are around them with aggregated reviews further allowing them to also know the general consensus of the place in question. Some apps even allow you to directly ask a question to the people in your area. Questions such as ‚??What can I go for a cheap drink?‚?Ě or ‚??What is a nice spot for a quiet dinner?‚?Ě People provide information to others on the assumption that other people will also give them information when needed. This interaction is a human connection in a form that has never existed before the rise of smartphones. One particular app, which makes human interaction itself a new and exciting experience allows you to upload a picture of yourself along with a list of possible ‚??situations‚?Ě, or scenarios, such as ‚??shake my hand‚?Ě or ‚??wave to me like a long lost friend.‚?Ě While walking down the street, another person with the same app will be alerted of your proximity, and will have to perform the particular prompt. In this app, the connection is a surprise and a testament to how technology has affected and created new forms of human interaction.

Even without location services there are the different social networking sites that have been used to connect on the Internet, most namely Facebook and Twitter. Smartphones bring what those websites offer while allowing you to access them easier and faster than via computer. This technology allows the user to update their friends in real-time. Instead of ‚??I saw a movie today‚?Ě someone can write ‚??I am watching a movie right now.‚?Ě Also, most smartphones have cameras on them, allowing users to document and upload their memories to Facebook or Twitter instantly. Though this allows people to connect and share in the present, it has a bigger implication of what it will mean for the future. To learn more about the time we live in, the future will only need to go on the Internet to see old Facebook or Twitter accounts; the shadows of people that once were. Websites do not feel the effects of time or aging. What is written might be subjective, but it will remain untouched. In this way, the present is connecting to the future. Current family trees can be modified and kept alive by way of the Internet. The databases documenting old facts and news will flourish; Wikipedia will continue to grow with new information. The present is continuously the past being built upon; smartphones help with just that.

Though the Internet has been around for a while, smartphones have furthered its development by using it in different ways in forming connections between an individual and the rest of the world. Music taste is no longer something obscure or untouchable. Instead it is something that is continuously under construction as websites and people on the Internet make suggestions for new music. Even games are a connection as people play to beat the top score in the world, rather than just the other patrons at a bar. At first, smartphones were adjusted to provide access to the web. Now, much of the Internet is adjusted to be accessible to smartphones.