“There is no safety, there is no comfort, there is no security for you in this life anymore, unless when you’re walking down the street you can feel a hard rectangle in your pants” preached Jerry Seinfeld on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. The hard rectangle Seinfeld was referring to was the cellphone, or what many of us can easily refer to as our fifth limb.
Depending on who you ask, 2014 is the year of mobile. Or maybe it was 2013. Or maybe it was 2007 when Apple launched the iPhone. In 50 years, we will see when the historians decide to pinpoint as the year for mobile, but one thing we cannot deny in the present. Our dependence on “the hard rectangle” in our pocket is no longer just a matter of social commentary; our dependence is an undeniable fact. Mobile is now, and here are the numbers that back it up.
Twenty-five years ago Motorola introduced its mini MicroTAC, the first mobile phone with the innovative flip feature, it was the lightest and smallest yet. But, it wasn’t until 7 years ago that we met the invention that turned our world mobile, Apples monolithic iPhone 1st generation. Since, Google and the major mobile players like Samsung have answered every version of the iPhone with their own sleek, user-friendly operating systems complete with app capabilities.
And mobile is not done growing. Evidenced by Apple’s recent announcement of the iPhone 6, right on the heels of the release of the affordable iPhone 5c, continuing competition between the mobile giants keeps costs low and innovation high, encouraging even the least cutting edge of us to consider switching.
Click here to view our infographic on the impact of mobile in our society. Read on for some of the statistics that hammered home for us the idea that we are definitely living in the Mobile Age (while also making this writer stop and think a bit about my own mobile dependence)…
- As of May, 2013, there were more than 137 million smartphones in use in America. This represents roughly 88% of all working Americans.
- The average American spends more than one hour every day looking at their smartphone. I act shocked. But let’s be honest, anyone in Chicago with a decently long commute is probably on the high end of this statistic. Candy Crush anyone?
- According to Google, Americans don’t even put their phones down when they are looking at another screen, like a TV or laptop. 81% of people who watch TV and own a smartphone, look at the smartphone while the TV is on. The number drops to 66% for people who use their smartphone with their laptop at the same time. My eyes are aching just typing this fact.