|Wed Jan 1 2014 15:01:30|
Life Without Mobile Access for the Device Generation
By: Ina Steiner
A friend was telling me about her two cousins' teenage daughters who were discussing an upcoming family cruise. The girls were stressing about being without a connection - how would they survive a week without texting and all the other ways they engage with their mobile phones?
It was difficult for my 40-something-year-old friend to sympathize, even though she herself can't get through the day without texting, since she'd never had the amenities her young relations were given by their parents.
The anecdote of teens desperate at the thought of being cutoff from their mobile devices is backed up by data. Research commissioned by Rogers Communications and conducted by Harris-Decima found that 28% of Canadians surveyed would be willing to skip their morning coffee in exchange for anytime, anywhere internet. And if expectations about what mobile apps will be able to do for us in the future come true, expect the dependence on devices to grow even greater.
Researchers found that respondents envision an increasingly virtual reality in the future, from connected closets to cars, virtual wallets and interactive TV. 39% expect apps to become their butler, to draw baths, cut the lawn, vacuum and even do their laundry.
Over a third of respondents believe communication through mobile apps will have replaced most of the daily physical interactions we have with each other. A quarter of respondents admitted to Tweeting or Facebooking someone while in the same room - and over half (52%) of Gen Y said they've done the same.
Respondents also believe apps will be able to choose which outfits their owners should wear and recommend what to eat for dinner - create a grocery list - and have items delivered to them. The report looked at some mobile shopping behavior as well - see tomorrow's EcommerceBytes Newsflash.
You know you're a part of Generation D - the device generation - if you've replaced your spiral bound Arrow Street Altas with Google Maps and if you buy (and or course sell) from your couch.
Let us know how long you could survive without mobile access and which applications you would miss the most.