2007. Steve Jobs on stage launched the iPhone, the start of what would make Apple one of the most valued companies on earth and would go on to sell over 1 billion models through the years. However has the iPhone actually benefited society ethically or has it left society worse off.
Deloitte carried out a survey on mobile consumers and their day to day usage; the key findings showed that almost half of the 18-24 years old checked their phones in the middle of the night. Even 34% of smartphone users made no traditional voice calls in a given week, up from 4% in 2012, showing that phone usage has become increasingly more about the internet and applications rather than SMS and cellular calls. Time reported that 18-24 year olds checked their phones on an average of 74 times a day. The results shown are concerning as they indicate the high possibility of the rates of phone addiction increasing as access to mobiles becomes easier. Phones themselves are becoming more integrated and they are becoming more capable to do more things at the same time. Some experts have even gone as far as to claim that the smartphone has become the “crack cocaine of technology”, as it has ushered in a widespread addiction. This leads to multiple arguments into the use of mobile phones and whether they have gone too far into interfering with our day to day lives.
Common instances as catching the bus and analysing your surroundings, you will almost certainly notice the majority of people on their mobile phones, the reduction in human contact and physical interactions is causing isolation in society. This ties in with the fact that people who use their phones heavily and on a regular basis tend to suffer from high levels of anxiety and many suffering from depression. The modern day society of 2017 compared to 2007 are very different, and in the time frame, iPhones and smartphones in general have increased in terms of their functionality, they have become more adopted on a larger scale.
After 10 years of the iPhone’s initial release we are left with one question. Have they changed us for the better or for the good?