By Jackson Santy ’13
By now we’ve all heard the popular Apple slogan “there’s an app for that,” and this undoubtedly has some truth to it.
In the peak of the digital age, according to Nielsen research firm, approximately 44 percent of Americans now own smartphones, compared to only 18 percent two years ago, and with all these smartphones comes a myriad of apps.
Offered apps can range from helpful tools like barcode scanners and check cashing via smartphone, to amusing games like Words with Friends or Temple Run.
Smartphone users can even read the latest issue of their favorite magazine straight from their phone, no mail subscription necessary.
New technologies are constantly coming into play and rendering previous technologies futile. Case in point, the crumbling of the VHS when DVD was introduced, or the cassette tape when CDs came to be, and by extension, CDs when digital music was popularized.
If smartphone apps can already do things like cash checks or show you where your friends are, we are eliminating the need to go out and run errands or to have social interaction with people.
What happens when an app comes about that converses with others without you needing to think or an app that finds you a spouse?
It’s close to the point that we will eventually have our iPhones and Androids stitched into our heads doing every little task we need done.
We need to unplug from the draw that smartphones pull us in and log out from the “Live My Life for Me” app.