Technology's Effect on Life

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Researching into Information Technology and its impact on society.

The mobilisation of technology: Will the ever increasing number of smart mobile devices (iPhones etc..) impact on the way we conduct our lives (work and private).

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to examine if smart mobile devices will change the way we conduct our lives, both personally, and in the workplace.

To determine this, I have briefly looked at the development of the Smartphone, including its transition from a business tool into a device being used in both the business and consumer markets. I have identified some challenges being faced by users of these devices, including challenges concerning boundaries between work lives and personal lives, as well as mental challenges to do with the increased levels of accessibility and availability of employees to the work place. I have looked into the range of applications available to users, which allow them to customise their Smartphones to create a tool that is unique to them and their needs. I have also touched on the increasing connectedness afforded to users enabling them to access their social contacts, music collections, games, and the wider Internet at any time of the day or night. I conclude the report by determining that behaviour has already been modified and that past development indicates that further change is coming.

Table of Contents
Executive Summaryii
1 What is a smart mobile device (iPhone etc.)?1
1.1 History of the Smartphone1
2 Smartphones in the workplace1
2.1 Increasing productivity2
2.2 Blurring of work and personal time2
3 Smartphones in our personal lives3
3.1 Smartphone adoption, a breakdown3
3.2 What are we doing with these devices4
3.3 Information dissemination4


The purpose of this report is to examine if smart mobile devices will change the way we conduct our lives, both personally, and in the workplace.

Academic journals, published books, manufacturer whitepapers, government reports, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as internet websites will be used to research and provide discussion points for this question. I will briefly look at the history of these devices, with a brief timeline of device introductions; then break the discussion into two main areas: 1.The effect of these devices in the workplace,

2.The uses these devices are being put to in personal lives. 1 What is a smart mobile device (iPhone etc.)?

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Online (Hosch, W L 2011), the iPhone is part of a group of devices known as “Smartphones”. A Smartphone is a mobile telephone with computing capabilities, including information management. Smartphones also have the capability of installing other software to increase capabilities to include activities such as email, web browsing, music playback and other functions. Current examples of Smartphone devices include can include those using operating systems by Apple (iOS), Google (Android), Research in Motion (Blackberry), Nokia (Symbian), and Microsoft (Windows) as well as others (Hosch, W L 2011). 1.1 History of the Smartphone

One of the earliest available Smartphones that was labelled a ‘personal communicator’ at the time, was IBM’s Simon. This device allowed sending and receiving of emails via Lotus cc:Mail, as well as creation and sending of faxes. Installation of additional software, via a PCMCIA slot allowed access to increased email and other messaging functionality (Mobile Phone News, 1993). In 1996, Nokia announced their entrant to the Smartphone market; the 9000 Communicator (Nokia, 1996). Another early entrant to the market was Research in Motion with their Blackberry 5810, released in 2002 (Shim, R, 2002). The Blackberry was aimed at the corporate market, primarily as a tool to allow constant access to emails and...
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