In a viral YouTube video released late last month, an increasingly posed question was acted out, making us question how technology impacts our everyday lives.
Could we be able to live without our smartphones?
We’ve talked about technology and how it’s evolved in the most unimaginable ways, but also how it’s drastically changed the way we function and socialize with each other.
Research shows that 91 percent of American adults own a mobile cell phone, with 56 percent of those phones being smartphones. When this number is broken down by age groups, the fact couldn’t be any more clearer—an overwhelming majority of 18-34 year-old's own a smartphone. One can presume that our generation is very preoccupied with the latest technologies and social medias.
We now socialize differently, date differently, record and photograph nearly everything—it’s almost endless. We share a lot of our lives too. Social media sites are available on most smartphones through apps, and they allow us to share those once private events— even the most mundane. Taking a self-portrait is also a common activity because today's phones have facilitated the process. They've even taken on a new nickname: selfie, which was recently added to the Oxford dictionary this year.
The Smartphone Game
In the recent years, some folks have taken it upon themselves and their social groups to end the smartphone obsession by challenging their friends to do The Phone Stack game. In the phone stack game, everyone piles their phones on top of each other, and whoever picks up their phone first pays for dinner. Of course this only works if you and your friends go out to eat, but it's still a viable option to test yourself anywhere you go with friends.
Watch the video and see for yourself:
Would you be able to live without your smartphone ?