A big part of me cannot believe that I am placing the words survive and cell phone in the same sentence. I remember my 1st year and 1/2 of college when I was studying pre-med (short-lived major which I could save for a whole other blog), and the question in my mind was something along the lines of, “Could we survive without a gallbladder”? That just seems like a more sensible question than the former. But, the world has evolved as has our fascination with technology, and, since smartphones may just be the fastest spreading technology in human history, it may be worth taking a look at.
I’ve heard parents ask their tween son/daughter that question, but, let’s face it, it’s fair game to ask the vast majority of the population….. yes, adults too. I guess the facts speak for themselves when you consider that roughly 77% of the population say they own a smartphone.
With cell phones growing smarter and smarter, (ah, so that’s why they call them smartphones), who can resist the instant gratification of the service they provide? We do not just look at our mobile device as simply a means to call or text a friend. Check out these numbers put out by the PEW Research Center. According to their 2015 survey, some 28% of US adults say they have used a smartphone as part of their job search, about 9% have used mobile dating apps, roughly 13% have used to read an e-book, and a whopping 51% plus have used for online purchases.
Although the 1st true smartphone made its debut in 1992, it’s fair to say, that acceleration of its use and popularity began not much more than 10 years ago. So, could we survive without our cell phone? We’ve done pretty well without them for thousands of years so, we pretty much know the answer. The question really should be: Why should we have to?
Oh, and by the way, just in case you were still wondering: You can survive without a gallbladder.