I LOVE my Gadgets

Gadgets

We live in a time where we as a society are always attached to our technological devices. Essentially ‘we are always connected, always on.’ According to a 2013 study, ABC news anaylsed that the average person checks their phone 150 times a day.  These technological advancements can both limit or extend how we commute, how we create and how we achieve. Yes, it is true that society loves its gadgets, yet there has always been a great divide between the users of Apple and the users of Android. It has been said that Android allows the consumers more ‘freedom’ as it is an open and free media platform based on Linux Kernel where anyone can access and modify the code. By allowing the user a generative device it creates a ‘user empowering’ environment that entitles the buyer to control the medium. Apple, on the other hand, is a closed device that limits the consumer’s accessibility allowing Apple to remain in complete control of both the media platform and the user.  Ultimately Apple has created ‘locked’ devices to attain an ownership empowerment.

Personally, I have had both Apple and Android smartphones. I do believe that Android allows more accessibility and more freedom especially when it comes to the applications. However, I feel more connected when using Apple as all of my devices are easily linked together with apps such as iTunes and iCloud. Although, in the end it really comes down to personal preference.

So…whose side are you on?

References:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2013/05/cellphone-users-check-phones-150xday-and-other-internet-fun-facts/

http://memegenerator.net

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4 thoughts on “I LOVE my Gadgets

  1. Wow, this was a great post in helping me fully grasp the content of this weeks lecture. The world we live in now is so addicted to technology, it feels like we cant even get away from it sometimes. I even found something online that said that some people feel as though they are actually addicted to technology, if you want to have a look, heres the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8436831/Student-addiction-to-technology-similar-to-drug-cravings-study-finds.html.
    Personally, as someone who is not very tech-savvy, i am an apple user. I find the layout simple enough for me to use, and i don’t think i would be able to fully take advantage of all the things that androids can do.

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  2. Hi! Firstly, I love your blog layout, you have made it really clear to follow.

    Your meme is also great – very catchy, very relevant and underpins all of your text argument.

    Your focal concept of being constantly connected and alert is vital. I think here you could also emulate how being connected effects everyday life in both good and bad ways, for example a rise in Narcissism, more globally connected, and a sense of loneliness and selfishness as reported by rising depression rates etc. You would then need to show some form of evidence and it is good to see that previously you are using credible references (ABC)!.

    With this notion, you have also really closely aligned how society are similar in how we create and achieve, but then moved nicely to say how we are also divided due to our mobiles. It is great to see how you have put both arguments across for Android and Apple but also drawn to a conclusion as to WHY Apple remain with a locked device. Because this is a bold statement to say, I would recommend having some evidence to support this, or an article of another person who shares your view. To add to your reliability, you could include some related links with this topic, as I can see you have put some research into this task! The following could be used as an example:

    E.g. This article highlights the future in closed platforms and how open platforms will catch up https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090719/1514125593.shtml

    E.g. This YouTube shows a balanced open vs closed platform debate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ukqne5OE3o

    I’m excited to keep reading your posts 🙂

    Katie

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  3. Firstly what a great meme, l believe it really relates to society in this day and age. l also like your site layout, its clean and accessible. Great reflection of what was learnt in this weeks lecture, l like how you put the statistic from ABC in relation to an individual checking their phone 150 times a day. Crazy, and really puts it into perspective for the readers. Comparing the two both Apple and Android was a good point to add especially been able to compare them on a personal level as you have owned both Android and Apple devices. Good read and am keen for your next blog post! l am unable to fault you. 🙂

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  4. Love them meme, so true! I don’t even remember the last time I turned off my phone. I also prefer Apple over Android. Using the statistics from ABC was a great idea and made me think twice about the amount of time I spend checking my phone 🙂
    Great post, look forward to reading your next one!

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