I purchased my first smart phone in 2016, within one month I was scammed out of £50 for something that I never signed up for, but was billed to my phone bill. My first experience of smart phones was an unhappy one. Earlier in 2017 I lost my smart phone in the park, a painful experience of what could have happened if I had a lot of personal information on it, someone returned the phone back to me.
My other issues with smart phones is they break easily, are easy to lose or steal, their poor battery life, their lack of privacy and security, the possibility of leaving the owner with huge bills, and their complexity to use. These devices can easily take over the owner’s life, like an ever-demanding screaming baby. I cannot wait to get rid of my smart phone when the contract ends in 2018.
Despite my criticism of smart phones I am excited about the advances of technology where with a device one can talk to a tree and get directions to the railway station, or the augmented reality technology like Pokemon uses to layer one reality over another. However, I think there are alternative devices to smart phones for the purposes of interacting with the external environment, perhaps a Harry Potter-like wand that can call up a screen on a wall of a building.
I also think that when doing financial transactions using a smart phone there is too much risk of a third-party gaining access to the owners bank account or personal data, and stealing money. However, I am aware that with a plain text phone the African nations have a highly advanced payment system using text messages, a way of transacting business that the smart phones in the West have been unable to develop in any meaningful way.
I am the master of the tool, and the smart phone often is the master of the user. From 2018 I shall return to use of the text phone, and the liberty that goes with that.