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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Disadvantages of Use of a smartphone

1. Phones can be addictive and spending too much time on them can make you socially isolated from the real world. You should avoid becoming obsessed with constantly checking it. Resist the urge as it can develop into compulsive behaviour.

2. Overuse of smartphones has led to the development of a smartphone etiquette. There are certain social situations where it is just not acceptable to have a phone. For example, it’s not considered polite to interrupt a conversation to check an incoming text, nor do many people feel it’s appropriate to take a phone out when at the dining table. In other words, don’t let your smartphone habits turn you into a rude person.

3. You will lose your smartphone. Several times a day. You’ll leave it in the car, at the office, down the side of the sofa, under the duvet. And when you try to ring it, either the battery will have gone or you’ll have left it on silent. Don’t worry, it turns up – usually.

4. Smartphones are expensive. If you just have to have the latest all singing, all dancing model then you will be paying either a large sum to buy the phone outright or quite a bit for your monthly contract. In addition, there are costs for different services and charges for buying apps. It all adds up. Calls are also more expensive over mobile networks than over home phones.

5. There are security risks with smartphones. You store lots of personal information on mobile phones and many of the apps log you in automatically, giving anyone with your phone access to your online accounts. If your phone does not have an adequate, password protected, screen lock, then all this information is at risk

On a serious note, perhaps the biggest disadvantage of having a smartphone is that you put yourself at risk of someone trying to rob it from you. There have been instances of people being badly assaulted by thieves stealing phones and this is much more likely if you are flashing the latest, must-have phone. Luckily, a new technology which allows stolen phones to be deactivated remotely after being lost or stolen has reduced the number of thefts taking place. The best solution, however, is to keep your phone in your bag or pocket when in public. Out of sight, out of mind.

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