I quite like the fact that there’s an expectation, nay, an assumption, that everyone will have a smartphone or device. I notice that this is also becoming a trend in commerce and daily-life. Is it not something of a worry that the phone manufacturers and telcos are gaining that much control and influence in our lives?!
This took on special resonance when I read the ICO doc on Using apps safely and securely – specifically the bit on “Treat your phone as your wallet”. Will there come a time when we will pay for everything via our phone? What implications does this have for the control that phone manufacturers will have over our lives?
Although I have an iphone, I have made a conscious and deliberate decision to use it only for phone calls and messages. [And I have to say: it’s fantastic for that!] (But I do also use it as a clock, as an alarm, as a stop-watch, and for reminders.) So, not only do I not have any apps on my phone, I never use it for Internet access or things like accessing email. Why? Long story. I’m not even sure that I know, myself. But I don’t like small devices, and I don’t want my life to be dominated by my device. I like to compartmentalise, to live in the physical world, and keep my actual life separate from my online life, if that makes sense.
Cheers! – 23Tims