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Does mobile connectivity change our lives?

Does mobile connectivity change our lives? 

The results of the Juniper Networks Global Bandwidth Index Report seem to lean in that direction. The findings indicate that 97 per cent of consumers interviewed in emerging markets experienced positive changes in their personal and professional lives as a result of mobile connectivity.

The report also examined respondents’ purposes for using mobile technology. According to the statistics obtained, 46 per cent of people in developing countries used their mobile devices for professional development. It’s a noticeably different story in developed countries, where respondents’ device usage is more varied. More than half – 51 per cent – used their devices for banking, while 41 percent used them for shopping. A further 42 per cent went mobile to search for local information.

“The Juniper Networks Global Bandwidth Index found that mobile connectivity has had a profound impact on how people communicate, work, learn and play around the world. It also suggests that this transformation will continue as new technologies emerge, network speeds increase and hundreds of millions of people who aren’t yet connected to the Internet gain access,” said Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of strategy and marketing for Juniper Networks. “The report reveals an opportunity for service providers to continue to deliver new, life-changing services in areas like education, particularly in emerging markets where there is a great demand.”

Mobility is definitely on the rise, to such an extent that businesses around the world are integrating into their daily work routines. There’s also no question that it helps us connect and perform certain tasks. But given that 97 per cent of people feel their lives were changed by mobile connectivity, it begs the question, are we becoming too attached to our portable screens?

It’s not uncommon to board a bus or train these days, only to find that the majority of the passengers have their faces absorbed in a mobile device. Some have suggested that human interaction is on the decline because of this. Indeed, some people would much rather talk to their friends or family via Facebook or Twitter instead of calling them or visiting them in person.

At what point do you ask yourself whether you’re overly reliant on social media and your mobile device? It’s not always necessary to check Facebook or your Twitter feed every five seconds; cutting that down to a few views a day would be better.

To say that such a large percentage of people’s lives have been impacted by mobile connectivity sounds a bit ludicrous. While it has made certain things easier and enables us to stay connected, so many people have become so attached to their devices or social media platforms that it has become analogous to an addiction for them.

Sometimes, it’s best to turn off the smartphone, put the tablet aside, and disconnect for a while. It may very well work wonders on your life.

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