Are we too dependent on devices?

| 13 June 2019

Devices come in all shapes and sizes these days. The common feature between all of them? They keep us connected.

There are roughly 24.93 million people in Australia. 96% percent of adults, according to the Google Consumer Barometer, own a mobile phone, with 87% using a smartphone. 

Being online, connected, and having the world at our fingertips is ever increasing. According to the Google Consumer Barometer, the internet is now being accessed 24% more with a smartphone and 23% less with other devices. What does this mean? It means we rely more on our smartphones than we do other devices.

So what are we using our smartphones for? According to the Google Consumer Barometer

  • 61% of people use it for social media
  • 67% of people use their smartphone for search engines
  • 46% of people are watching online videos 
  • 38% are using their smartphone for product research  
  • 17% are of people are online shopping with their smartphone

And then there’s the daily activities we use our smartphones for:

  • 58% of people are capturing moments by taking photos and videos 
  • 53% of people check the time and/or set an alarm
  • 44% of people are regularly checking weather 
  • 35% of people are using it to listen to music 
  • 37% of people are playing games on their smartphone
Smartphones haven’t completely taken over

Surprisingly, 84% of people are also still using laptops or desktop computers to stay connected in their work and personal lives.  Such a high number may come down to a number of factors. The push for BYODs in our school systems and higher education institutions means that laptops and notebooks are still widely used. Places of employment may offer work laptops to increase flexibility in working arrangements.

At least 34% of us are doubling up on device screens! Why are we doubling up? A potential reason for this may come down to your place of employment. Some places provide devices and can include a smartphone, laptop, and even a tablet. Not only do we own personal devices, we are also responsible for devices used specifically for work purposes.  

Connectivity is the way forward and it’s clear that smartphones are enhancing our connectivity. Laptops, while still up there and widely used, are not necessarily on us as often as our smartphones.

With connectivity and our devices playing such a fundamental role in our lives, and the hefty price tag that are attached to some of the devices. How do we ensure we get the most out of them?

Protecting your devices

There are multiple ways of protecting devices:

  • Purchasing a protective case or cover for your device that has padding and fits nicely into a bag
  • Protective screen covers to help prevent cracks or scratches to the device screen
  • Having a firm grip on your devices
  • Making sure your bag or carry case is closed before walking out the door
  • Don’t have liquids near your devices, and
  • Don’t put devices in compromising positions

Keep in mind, these are just a few suggestions!

How do you protect your pocket?

Insurance products actually help to protect you financially. If you break your device screen it may cost a lot of money to fix. If there is more extensive damage you may be left with a situation where you need to fork out the money to fix the phone, or buy a new phone. Insurance products can be helpful in these instances!

Are we reliant on devices?

The line between personal and work life is becoming blurred, largely due to our devices. Our reliance on devices is only going to increase with the rise of smartwatches, hybrid laptops, and even fold-able phones. As the digital world continues to innovate its products, our connectivity is improving and our reliance increasing.

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