Cellphones have been around a few decades. I remember my first brick cellphone. Motorola, right? Right. Since those early years of pay-by-the-minute cellphones, everything has changed. Smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper, and more competitive smartphones exist all over the planet. iPhone altered the so-called smartphone landscape in 2007 with a device that wasn’t so much smarter as it was much more usable.
In the decade since the iPhone caught on and became the standard bearer for the industry about half of all humankind has a smartphone. That is an epic change for humanity. We do not know what the smartphone’s change will be on humanity.
I’m betting that chiropractors will have a good future, but that’s merely one aspect of smartphone usage for a few billion earthlings. What other impact will we see?
Some of the smartphone’s impact is being felt already. Television viewing is down. Internet access has exploded. People are able to communicate and share– for good and bad— more information and do so instantly. For whatever is coming to humanity, we can trace it back to the iPhone (and the Android copycats that were spawned in recent years), but we cannot blame Apple.
What’s the good?
We have a supercomputer of sorts that fits into our pockets. That computer has access to more than one million applications and carries an excellent camera for photos and videos, as well as a microphone, and options to do face-to-face communication with almost anyone anywhere else on the planet.
We have applications that deliver news instantly, sports scores as they happen, and enough games to keep children glued to the screen for a decade without repeating a game.
What’s the bad?
The amount of information that flows into and through our smartphones to us comes so quickly and in such volume that we have yet to adapt– or, at least, far too much of humankind has yet to learn to adapt– and filter it to our benefit. People believe the rubbish spewed out by the likes of right-wing, alt-right, and so-called progressive libtards that a growing percentage of people do not understand the difference between news, fake news, and opinion.
Government in the USA is not helping that situation, either. This is a sea change of monumental proportions that most of us do not even recognize, and many of those that do have no understanding– yet– of the impact.
I see physical and addictive issues already, not to mention the psychological problems that lie under the surface of those strained necks. Whatever it is that is going on with humanity’s addiction to smartphones does not seem to be helping anyone but Apple and AAPL stockholders, and other purveyors of technology that helps promote addictive behavior.
We don’t know where the smartphone is taking humankind but count me among those worried about the journey and the destination.