The Rise of the Smartphone – How it’s transformed the way we connect
The UK population has quickly become a nation of dedicated smartphone users with the mobile now rated as the most popular device for browsing the internet.
Which means that the shift has officially happened from desktop search to mobile search. Ofcom reported that 33% of the UK population would prefer to use their smartphone to browse the web as opposed to 30% of people who would rather use their desktop for browsing.
Further, the number of adults that have smartphones in their pockets has increased dramatically from 39% in 2012 to 66% in 2015.
These figures are only going to get higher in favour of the mobile browser due to an amalgamation of these factors:
With lightning fast internet speeds and the introduction of the 4G network, it’s clear to see why many people are now opting for a smartphone where you can share, engage and interact with people all over the globe at lightning speeds.
Increase in users due to 4G network has tripled over the past few years with a number of people opting for a 4G based contract. The contract prices have fallen quite significantly too in recent years where you can pick up a brand new phone with a low rate tariff.
Next year, Apple plan to start testing the super-fast all-encompassing 5G network which is expected to roll out in the States by 2020. This network will be up to 100 times faster than its predecessor and shouldn’t have breakage in signal.
WIFI Hot Spots
WIFI hot spots are transforming the face of communication as you are now able to access WIFI on buses, trains, coffee shops and even park benches. The government have backed a scheme that enables smartphone users to be able to use their internet in over 1000 public buildings in UK cities.
Millions of citizens will be able to benefit from this free connectivity which will boost the appeal of these cities to live in, do business in, visit and invest.
Further, apps such as Skype and Viber enable you to talk worldwide whilst connected to your Wifi for free. Enhancements in technologies such as these has changed the way in which we communicate greatly as cross-global communication is at the touch of a fingertip.
Due to the increasing accessibility of the internet it’s no wonder that the average time spent online has soared. A survey conducted by Ofcom confirms that 73% of all teenagers are spending their time online as opposed to going out and having fun with friends.
Major Service providers such as Vodafone, 02 and Virgin are offering cheaper deals on internet usage which has contributed to the number of smartphone users in the UK.
You are now able to pick up a smartphone at a very reasonable price with a major provider where you have full access to internet, mobile apps and other features available on smartphones.
The cheapest of them now sell for around £30 and this has no sign of slowing down. This vehicle for bringing millions of people together is only going to increase its revs over time.
What this means
The way in which we interact has changed forever and there is no sign in it slowing down.
Gone are the days where you had to walk miles and miles to call for a friend or spend half a decade waiting for your internet dial up to work.
We now live in a society where the mobile has taken over and is an everyday necessity. The face of communication and the world that we live in now depends on smartphone usage. It’s now used in friendships, romantic relationships, business meetings and many other communications.
Although statistics state that there is a rapid increase on the usage of the smartphone, we must learn to accept that as technology moves on so does our behaviour and attitude towards it.
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