The use of smart phones and tablets is so prolific that it has become the norm to make use of these devices under almost any circumstances. According to studies, a smart phone is purchased almost every second of every day internationally and the mobile market continues to grow rapidly in both developed and developing countries.
One of the most interesting aspects of mobile device use has become the way people multitask whilst participating in other activities, particularly when watching sport. If you weigh up the number of Tweets or Facebook posts during any one sporting event you will see that the majority of live spectators posted at least one message pertaining to the game on social media. In addition, when internet usage was monitored during a recent NBA game it clearly showed how many people were utilising chat applications, browsing the internet or even enjoying another form of sporting entertainment such as gaming at a site like Lucky Nugget.
The upward trend in mobile usage has seen people become distracted by continuous access to the internet and the chance for instant gratification. In addition to it being a distraction and hazard for pedestrians and drivers alike, the interference of a mobile in daily activities is taking its toll on concentration levels and attention abilities of adults and children.
The inability to sit through a 90 minute game without sharing information, chatting online or browsing the net can be an indication of an attention deficit issue that may manifest over time. Whilst it is socially acceptable for a mobile user to interact online whilst engaging in other activities it does not bode well for their ability to focus and retain concentration on a singular event. The concept of multi tasking has been encouraged by the smart phone but it can have a detrimental effect on development and maintenance of valuable life skills.
Social media allows for users to be constantly connected to a network of friends and offers unlimited informational opportunities at the touch of a button. These facilities are, of course, a positive attribute but they can be over utilised or detract from an event that requires concentration. Many professional organisations are now banning the use of mobile devices during working hours as they are affecting productivity levels- a clear indication of how multitasking does not mean increased output.