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With easy-to-understand information at our fingertips, we no longer have to worry about traffic or navigate to nearby cafes/Restaurants.

Our inventions have always aimed towards making life easier. They can be physical (cars or production lines) or mental (as with computers). The smartphone is one such invention that reduces mental pressure. With easy-to-understand information at our fingertips, we no longer have to worry about traffic or navigate to nearby cafes/Restaurants. An individual does not have to think about how to move files across folders. Hence the time saved may be used to build new software, read a book, or participate in an intellectual conversation, and a lot more. In my opinion, smartphones can make you dumber and smarter; it's your choice, what you want to be.

Let us go through some Pros and Cons of smartphones:


Pros:

Surfing Web: In addition to Wi-Fi and laptops, smartphone technology, particularly broadband wireless, has brought the web to the subway, vehicles, and parks – everywhere, there is a cellular signal. Moreover, modern smartphones can show nearly as much internet as PCs, including business news sites and HD videos, including Live Streaming HD videos.

blue and white logo of google In addition to Wi-Fi and laptops, smartphone technology, particularly broadband wireless, has brought the web to the subway, vehicles, and parks. | Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash


From many Devices to One: You may have required a whole bag to carry all of your business equipment. You'd need a pager, mobile, and Personal Digital Assistant. You may also require a Music player, e-reader, camera, and GPS. A smartphone is a pocket-sized gadget with a CPU, speakers, camera, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi adaptor, and high-definition touch-sensitive screen.

iphone screen showing icons on screen A smartphone is a pocket-sized gadget with a CPU, speakers, camera, GPS receiver, Wi-Fi adaptor, and high-definition touch-sensitive screen. | Photo by James Yarema on Unsplash


Multiple Programs are Accessible: A large number of mobile apps are available in the twentieth century. The smartphone's sensors, portability, and programmability have made it a gadget with virtually infinite uses. Aside from games, various productivity applications are available to save ideas, manage meeting notes, and more. Apps that track steps and calories can help you and your team stay active. Internet radio and podcasting applications provide up new audio worlds. Handheld compass, leveling, and flashlight applications. Apps that allow you to paint, edit photographs, or compose music encourage creativity.

person holding black iphone 5 Aside from games, various productivity applications are available to save ideas, manage meeting notes, and more. | Photo by Luca on Unsplash


Cons:

Security Flaws: Not only is it possible to hack into your smartphone, but it is also incredibly simple to do so without your awareness. Even if a malicious hacker cannot access your phone, they can attempt to obtain the sensitive information contained within it, such as contacts, locations visited, bank details, passwords, and even e-mails.

Matrix movie still Even if a malicious hacker cannot access your phone, they can attempt to obtain the sensitive information contained within it. | Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash


Wastage of Time: It's easy to dismiss excessive phone use as innocuous. Because these wasted moments occur in little bursts througout the day, you may not realize how much time you're wasting, but this adds up to a lot of lost time. Multiple surveys revealed that consumers spent over 5.5 hours a day using their cell phones in 2020. We all know we spend time on a smartphone scrolling, swipig, and surfing what is not necessary, and then we cannot sleep with the same regret.

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock Multiple surveys revealed that consumers spent over 5.5 hours a day using their cell phones in 2020. | Photo by Malvestida Magazine on Unsplash


Anti-Social: Text messages and phone conversations replace face-to-face interaction, making communication easier. This may lead to antisocial conduct as people prefer texting over talking or meeting in person. Because we choose to isolate ourselves with this smartphone, it might cause severe social issues such as loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and despair.

man holding smartphone in close up photography we choose to isolate ourselves with this smartphone, it might cause severe social issues such as loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and despair. | Photo by Adrian Swancar on Unsplash


Whatever the case, the fact is that smartphone technology often makes activities more accessible and more enjoyable; however, it can also degrade our mental faculties and cause us to lose sight of our more critical objectives. So, Are Smartphone Turning YOU Dumb? This is the question I leave for the reader to answer at a personal level.

Keywords: smartphone, applications, surfing, social, gadgets, mental health


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