The first Smartphone was invented by IBM in 1992 known as a Simon Smartphone. This was a big breakthrough in the field of technology and for the requirements of people.
Smartphones as name itself indicates something special, facilitates easy, quick and affordable world of information resources. The electronic device which is capable of effectively performing functions installed in the combination of both hardware and software parts.
It can perform many tasks that a computer do, one can talk, send messages, take photos watch and share videos, business, entertainment etc. In addition, smartphones have several physical features that set them apart from normal phones especially every activity done through touch screen. Smartphone has become a very important and wonderful communicative tool among the Young generation.
One feels incomplete without the use of smartphone and it has revolutionized all affairs of human development, Education and Research, Business, Health, Sports, Entertainment etc. It has been observed that use of smartphone has tremendously increased since many years now. In any particular occasion whether in public place, workplace or any family gathering, everyone one remains in-touch with it. Research reveals that majority of people especially young generation remain busy in calling, checking messages, watching or sending videos, up-dating, chatting etc., so this has become an unavoidable part of individual’s life. It seems that the life of youth without the use of smartphones cannot run smoothly. With access to the internet, anything, anytime, anywhere happens/happening comes to be known in a few seconds and the same propagates very quickly around the globe.
However, the use of smartphones has badly affected social, psychological as well as physical life of people especially young having a cell phone will tempt them to spend all day talking or texting, instead of doing anything productive. Studies have proven that teens who spend too much of their time with their cell phone are more prone to stress and fatigue. It can also lead to psychological disorders in some cases. Overuse of your cell phone or smartphone can result in a number of different physical problems that may cause permanent damage or be difficult to treat, including: Digital eye strain. The pain and discomfort associated with viewing a digital screen for over 2 hours.
Smartphone is both good and bad to the society because it has both advantages and disadvantagesWe shouldn’t depend on it. Use the phone properly; we will benefit a lot from it.
Adewale Tobilayemi Chidima.
Department of Mass Communications, Babcock University, Ilishan, Remo. Ogun State