Smartphones are fast becoming the norm in today’s mobile world and these have an immense impact on how we live and work. A smartphone has advanced capabilities which allow us to manage almost every aspect of our lives whilst on the move. We are always available and always connected to the people around us.
I think a lot of people will relate to this one – The Always-on Culture: smartphone, stress and suicide http://t.co/rM4IBG2XFG
— Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) July 24, 2013
Smartphones mean that businesses are never closed. They mean that our working and personal lives constantly overlap – something that was unheard of in previous times. Our personal lives are accessible during working hours and we are able to work whilst on the couch at home in the evening. The smartphone penetration in South Africa is growing rapidly, with Vodacom recently announcing a data revenue increase of 28.2% for the first 3 months of the company’s financial year. Vodacom, to date, has 19.4 million data customers.
Afrihost mobile pricing benchmarked: how cheap is R29 per GB? – http://t.co/VK0cWCIANa
— MyBroadband (@mybroadband) August 20, 2013
Afrihost, a Web Hosting and IT services company, recently announced its intention to bring the “best mobile connectivity in South Africa”. Afrihost’s CEO, Gian Visser, says that the demand for mobile broadband in the last 5 years has far surpassed the demand for ADSL.
Smartphones and their technologies are becoming faster, easily accessible and more advanced. There are definite advantages for organisations to have employees that are always ‘on-line’, but the social implications are yet to be determined. Smartphones definitely require stricter and more focused attention on us achieving an effective and sustainable work-life balance