This is a project about societies growing obsession with the smart phone. Sometime around 1997 I got my first mobile phone. At the time I didn’t have a computer or a laptop, Ipads weren’t a thing, I didn’t have any websites, I didn’t have an email or even an internet connection at home!
Five years later not only did I have most of these things but my phone had become the first thing I looked at in the morning and the last thing I saw before I went to sleep.
In 2017 Deolitte did a Mobile Consumer Survey called "The State Of Smart”. Look it up and it will show you stats about how often we check our phones, what percentage of us use their phones whilst driving, while at a funeral, while on the loo, watching a movie, having sex! It explains how at least half of UK mealtimes are interrupted by phone use, how the smartphone is the most frequently used device in the UK and how 45% of us feel the need to check their phones while completing a task.
The survey goes on to explain how “Most people can relate to ‘smartphone zombies’, either through being one or bumping into one. But this is just one indication of just how infatuated we are with these devices, for better or worse. While we may be glued to our smartphones, it is important to acknowledge that these devices are also, increasingly, the glue that is binding society together, and will soon become the primary way to communicate, interact and transact with customers and fellow citizens.”