Growing up, I almost always had a book in my hand. I was constantly reading and writing.
All grown up now, I am still constantly reading and writing – but this time, on a mobile in my hand almost all the time.
The older generation don’t get this. An older couple in the family keep complaining about how I am always on my smartphone. Yet, when I visit, they are always reading a newspaper. They don’t get it. To them, a smartphone is a play thing. Yet, I access far more info from my smartphone in one day than they do from reading newspapers all week.
Someone reading a newspaper appears more serious to them than someone scrolling through a smartphone. The problem is a generational gap. The problem is in the mind.
I had a talk about this with my kids today. One is 13. The other 11. I told them that I do not have a problem with them being on their smartphone as long as they are not spending most of their time on games, music, videos and chats. I shared with them how their phones can aid with school work and with learning a wide range of things (of course, with children, supervision is important). I demonstrated it to them this morning when assisting Girl Mo with a school project.
But it must be said that mobile is the single greatest educational and informative resource that ANYONE can have access to today.
It is a new world, and mobile is the new book.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.