Through the world with a phone, or how we use the power of our portable supercomputers.
The popularity of mobile GSM equipment is growing every year. Experts report that over the past few years, the frequency of smartphone use has grown several-fold, and users from increasingly diverse age groups are reaching for the devices. Paradoxically, although phones were originally created for voice calls, modern products perform many more functions, which translates into their expansion and… necessary levels of security.
What are smartphones used for most often? Why use them on a daily basis – what are the benefits and what are the risks? You can read about it below.
Modern phones – who uses them?
Smartphones have become an important part of everyday life. Most of us carry them with us almost all the time. As you can read in the report, published by the Office of Electronic Communications in Poland, in 2022 as many as 97.2% of respondents, chose mobile telephony most often out of all available telecommunications services.
Interestingly, more than 75% of Poles have and use smartphones on a daily basis. In the US, the ratio is already 81.6% of all citizens. Worldwide, an average of 86.29% use such devices (data per Statista), which means that more than 6.92 billion people use them every day. Experts predict that in the near future (by the end of 2023) this number will grow to more than 7 billion.
Modern devices are sometimes used for different purposes by different age groups. After all, phones have long ceased to be devices used just for making phone calls.
The most popular smartphone features – what are they used for?
Telephone communication is by no means the main functionality of a smartphone anymore. Although we still often make conventional voice calls via the traditional network, this small device, carried in your pocket every day, allows you to do much more than talk or send text and picture messages.
Smartphone usage is mostly about taking advantage of the opportunities that come with Internet access. The World Advertising Research Center (WARC) recently reported that as many as 72% of users of the global network are projected to use it by 2025.
What are the most common reasons people use their phones according to Statista?
Further down the list were also: making Internet calls, using navigation, watching movies, and playing games.
Smartphones are therefore tools for work, maintaining social relationships, recreation and leisure, carrying out basic daily duties, and learning.
Unusual features – what can a smartphone surprise us with?
Smartphone manufacturers are outdoing themselves in producing increasingly sophisticated devices with a range of practical features and applications.
Such products allow users to create handwritten notes using the screen, automatically translate content from multiple languages, scan documents, or share cellular data with other users via hotspots. They can be used as magnifiers, rangefinders, levelers, or as a remote control for the TV. In fact, with the help of smartphones, it is possible to control most home appliances, connected to a complex smart installation, including lighting, heating and air conditioning, anti-burglary system, and much more.
A phone or a multifunctional device in our pockets?
What are the benefits of smartphones? On one hand, they are a way to connect with the world, broaden horizons, and make knowledge widely available. This allows us to acquire useful information more efficiently, which can enhance productivity, information resource, and creativity.
A smartphone also provides an opportunity to stay in touch with the world and your loved ones – from a simple conversation with your relatives to a presence on social networks, to a call for help in case of emergency. It provides access to online banking from anywhere in the world, as well as a chance to handle a wide range of official matters through convenient applications (needed for personal life and business).
Having so many options is a chance for continuous development, optimization of activities, and reduction of the time needed to complete various tasks at home and at work. After all, we have everything we need in one small device that accompanies us every day.
However, such great functionality brings with it numerous risks, related to the protection of (often sensitive) data, which should never fall into the wrong hands. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that the security of such multifunctional and useful devices must be supervised by experienced specialists, such as members of our jtendo team.