Just a Decade Ago

This has nothing in particular to do with the Outback, but I thought it was worth drawing attention to the fact that today marks exactly ten years since the first Apple iPhone was sold in 2007.

There were of course already other mobile phones in use — some almost as big as a house brick — with brand names such as Blackberry and Nokia.

iPhone and Jobs

But the iPhone was different. Steve Jobs likened it to an iPod together with a touch screen, a revolutionary phone, and an internet connection capability. A “smart phone” indeed!

It had no games, no GPS, no front camera, no flash. Imagine — you could not take a video, or a selfie! There was no Facebook! And now, just ten years later, any teenager in the land who had to get by with the original iPhone would feel massively disadvantaged.

Have smart phones made the world a better place? Have we become better communicators, or worse? Would you feel lost without your smart phone? Please share your thoughts in a comment.



About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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5 Responses to Just a Decade Ago

  1. An iPhone actually has more computing power than NASA had when we went to the moon! Of course, back then, we used our brains. Most of the research that has come out in recent years shows that “smart phones,” while increasing connectivity, have definitely not improved communication. The unpleasant side-effects are numerous, including the identification in Korea of something called “digital dementia,” where kids growing up with these and similar gadgets are actually experiencing the atrophy of the right side of the brain — the side that gives us connection and context. It’s why they step in front of cars — they really don’t see them. And small children growing up with tablets are not developing important fine motor skills — because moving your finger around a screen is not the same as holding a crayon and trying to color inside the lines. So while I think they are wonderful tools, they are far too commonly abused. Combined with social media, they are destroying younger generations. (And there are experts in childhood development that suggest that social media should not even be allowed until kids are of drinking age — because the addiction potential and the side effects are very similar.)

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Alas, I think you’re right. And we’ve now reached a stage where the use of these devices is so pervasive that there would seem to be little chance of reversing the trend. Indeed, it’s pretty alarming to think what the world might be like in 30 or 40 years when you factor in climate change and other such factors. Am I turning into a grumpy old man?

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    Technology is always a mixed blessing. I do not own a smart phone, although there have been times when traveling it would have been useful to have one. WaltzingAustralia hits the problem on the head; these things should be viewed as tools, not toys or replacements for using our brains or bodies.

  3. Anne Newton says:

    Hmmmm… one thing that’s different having “converted” to an iPhone is the change in the learning curve. I’d avoid changing my phone as it was such a trial learning how to use a new Nokia. On the strength of my iPhone, I have now converted to a Mac desktop and an iPad. They all “talk” to each other. I store everything on these devices. I rely on them completely! Isn’t that terrible!!!!

    • Anne Newton says:

      And I’ll be dead in 30 or 40 years, so don’t think I’ll worry about what the world will be like then.
      I think it says more about the parents (and grandparents) than the kids that are using these devices. Where are the limits being applied? A bit like the damage those generations continue to perpetrate on the planet, destruction to diversity of species, overpopulation and overconsumption. But I’ll be dead and I am not bequeathing the damaged planet to any offspring! Phew!

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