Smartphone use rising on campus
Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 16:09
Smartphones have become one of the most popular technologies in the nation, including amongst college students. These devices can provide people with applications and programs right in the palm of their hands. In addition to texting or calling someone, Internet browsing, shopping, emailing, Facebooking and many other functions come from owning a smartphone.
However, some students have not found the use of smart phones to be a necessity. "I would rather not have one," said Nan Coon, a sophomore.
Coon said she would rather be able to check her email only once a day instead of the seven or eight times she has grown accustomed to since getting a smartphone.
"I just don't need everything it has," Coon said.
Coon said she is happy with simply being able to use her phone for texting and calling, but she would be alright with just calling.
"I have an irrational fear of technology and I'm scared of letting my phone run my life because so many people do that," Coon said. "The reason I have a smartphone is only because I have to with my family's plan."
Other students have a different outlook when it comes to smartphones.
"I wish I had one," said Matt Ditto, a junior majoring in economics and exercise science. "I can't afford $40 a month for a couple of emails and to play Angry Birds."
Ditto said his life would be much simpler with a smartphone but he is not able to invest in it at this point in his college career.
With the rapid increase in smartphone ownership, many students believe almost everyone will have one in the the near future.
"I say that in five to 10 years, for sure," said Ditto. "It's just another way of communicating. With Twitter, Instagram and Facetime, people are going to have to have some type of device to communicate in lots of ways."
"I bet they will stop making regular phones," said Coon. "Our society is too dependent on them."
Tori Baggett, a junior majoring in Speech Pathology, said it's already a time that people everywhere will need smartphones.
"They are kind of taking over," Baggett said. "Even if it's not an iPhone, many people have touch screens and Internet on their phone."