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Six Things The Smart Phone Is Killing

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by | Filed Under: Smartphones

No piece of recent tech has disrupted the way things are done in everyday life more than the Smartphone. In less than a decade, this device has become a crucial part of everyday life for many people. It’s replaced dozens of other devices and dealt a huge blow to manufacturers of other gadgets.

Combine it with social media and it’s changed the way a generation communicates and put some things we’re very familiar with on the endangered species list.


Phone Calls

Interestingly enough, the last thing many people use their smartphone for is making a phone call. Calling them phones is not entirely accurate. They’re small tablet computers with an app that makes phone calls. But more and more people, especially young ones, just don’t make phone calls. They text or send instant messages via apps.

Partially because these options let you fulfill the teenage dream of holding multiple conversations at once. And texting and messaging don’t require your full attention the way speaking to someone on the phone does. But it isn’t just kids who’d rather write a few words than speak to people.


More and more homes are opting to give up their land line and depend entirely on a cell phone for communication.

Point and Shoot Camera

Again, in less than a decade the smartphone camera has replaced the point-and-shoot as the everyday camera for nearly anyone who ones a smartphone. Some folks are always going to want a high-end camera, but for daily use, smartphone cameras measure up well against typical point-and-shoots.


Most camera apps offer multiple shooting modes, plus you have tools to edit your photos right there on your device. And you can instantly share them with friends or save to the cloud. Remember the days when folks hauled camcorders around to events? Not any more. Your typical smartphone is capable of taking HD video that’s as nice as most home video cameras. Plus, it has the advantage of fitting right in your pocket.

Music Players

In my youth, I was never seen without my Sony Walkman. Later that was replaced by an MP3 player. These days, I’m listening to my tunes on my phone. Either songs that I have stored on a microSD card or songs I’m streaming from a music subscription service.

iPhone led this revolution with iTunes, making it possible to purchase and instantly download music to the device you plan to listen to it with. You can easily store thousands of tunes on an iPhone.

While video may not have actually have killed the radio star, smartphones have cut into listening to radio on portable devices. So much so that there’s an entire generation of kids who wouldn’t even think of it. They use streaming services instead.

In part 2 of this article, we’ll continue our surprising countdown.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Six Things The Smart Phone Is Killing”

  1. Steve says:

    I’ll never have a smartphone. Every time I see a waiting room full of self-absorbed twits tweeting, texting and otherwise pecking away I wish I had the power to generate an EMP in the immediate area, just to see the look on their vacuous faces.

    • cynthia says:

      I’m curious, Steve. What do you think the difference between using a smartphone and say, reading a magazine in a waiting room is? Do you just object to electronics in public?

  2. Bob Primak says:

    I can touch upon why I don’t lioke people having Smart Phones on in mediacl waiting rooms.

    (1) They have cameras. And microphones.

    (2) They may interfere with medical devices.

    and (3) They can be used to make notes and send texts about who’s there and what they are there for.

    In non-medical waiting areas or in lines, the phones are more of a hazard for the owners than for anyone else. Just letting thieves know you have a phoneturns you into a target. I am writing this from near Chicago, which has had a particularly nasty string of very violent iPhone thefts on Public Transportation platforms.

    • cynthia says:

      Where as previously phones could interfere with medical devices, that’s generally not an issue any more and phones are allowed now in hospitals and waiting rooms. If there is a potential for phones to interfere with medical devices, the office would certainly have signs posted asking people not to use them.

      While phones have cameras and microphones, it would likely be pretty obvious is someone was using one to record you in that environment. And those cameras and microphones could also be helpful for patients to record visits with the doctor or other types of instructions. You can certainly make notes about the people in a waiting room without the use of a phone. I suppose having a phone turns you into a target, but having a purse or a car or a wallet could also turn you into a target. I do see there could be a potential to have someone record you, but portable camera and video recorders have been around for years, so you don’t need a phone to take that option. The most most concerning problem, interference with medical devices, isn’t really a concern these days.

  3. Mark Roberts says:

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