There is little that a personal computer can do that you can't do on a smartphone anymore; I often try to write my posts on it with an external keyboard. Now it's to the point where the Economist actually calls the smartphone "The truly personal computer," noting that by the end of the decade, 80 percent of the world’s adults will have one. The magazine points out how it is changing the world:
The idea that the natural place to find a computer is on a desk — let alone, before that, in a basement — will be long forgotten. Like the book, the clock and the internal combustion engine before it, the smartphone is changing the way people relate to each other and the world around them.
The smartphone is rapidly changing the way information is exchanged on the Internet as well, and it might also change the way you read MNN and the way we write it.
Media companies used to rely on their users going to their websites… But people are now finding stuff they want to read or watch through Facebook, Twitter and, increasingly, messaging services… Some publications have already concluded that websites have had their day and are now planning to distribute their wares only directly.
I think the smartphone is a huge opportunity to bring us together. I keep an eye on my elderly mother, I send chat messages to my daughter, I have an information drip going all day long that feeds me stuff to write about. I just see it getting better and better. Others are worried that it will drive us apart, that it is antisocial, dangerous, addictive, obsessive and that we are giving up our privacy and possibly our freedom.
What do you think?