Sociology of smartphones

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 , Article, Cellphone, Idea

The smart phone has altered the texture of life. It has consumed a lot of space. The people have transformed beyond the limit. The smartphone is the last thing that we look at before we go to sleep every night. Upon waking, it is the first thing we reach upon after waking.

We rely on smartphones on every step of life

We use smartphone to be in touch with the people, to entertain ourselves, and find everything we need. We rely on it for buying and selling things. We come to know the places where to go, what to do, and which company we need to keep. The smart phones seem to fill the voids, vacant moments, and silences.

At this point of time in history, the use of the world around us has simply become impossible, without using the smartphones and the different infrastructures it depends on.

For all its omnipresence, the smartphone is not at all simple thing. Its frequent use has blinded us to see the gadget clearly. It has appeared in our social lives so unexpectedly,  that the extent and the force of the changes it has brought have mainlymoved away from the cognizantlevel of awareness.

Smartphones and conventional telephones

All that the smartphones have done is that it has replaced conventional telephones. It leads to extensive disappearances of the telephone from the streetscapes. The icon of a telephone that represents the urbanity of the mid-century period has now vanished. Wherever any telephone booth exists at all,  they are  served as platform other services for ad agencies or for the WiFi connectivity podium.

Smart Phone replaces other electronic gadgets and more

Smart Phone replaces conventional watches, walkman, transistor, etc. Except as ornamentation and status display, the conventional watch, too, is on its way to extinction, as clocks, calendars etc.

Tickets, farecards, boarding passes, and all the other tokens of access are similarly on the way out, as are the keys, badges and other physical means we use to gain entry to limited spaces.

What else vanishes from the world? There are no guide books, maps or the directories. And finally the digital transaction of money has made the money out of touch. Time moves along  the world at different rates, of course, and there are many places where the old ways are yet reigning only to be replaced in time.