January 5, 2016

Technology Trends: Gadget Overload

Today, roughly nine-in-ten adults in the U.S. have a mobile phone, with an astounding 68% of Americans owning a smartphone – up from 35% in 2011. In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices that can take the place of specialized technology, the popularity of devices like the e-reader and the MP3 player is slowly declining. However, there are always more new state-of-the-art gadgets entering the marketplace promising to save you time and make your life easier.

Are we living in a gadget-overload world? Is it necessary or even worth it? In this post, we explore how technological advancement and the constant introduction of cool new gadgets have impacted our electronic device ownership and usage patterns.

Are We Suffering Mobile Device Overload?Bankrate

Some tech industry experts believe we, as a society, are spending too much on our electronic “toys”. Have you ever calculated the price you pay for owning multiple gadgets? Consider the cost of your mobile device, then add your monthly smartphone bill, the tab for connecting it to the Internet, broadband service cost, and numerous other expenses ranging from apps to fancy phone covers and screen protectors. Now, does it really make sense to juggle several gadgets?

Technology Device Ownership: 2015Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center surveys ownership of seven types of devices – cell phones, smartphones, computers, tablets, MP3 players, e-book readers, and game consoles – because the usage of these electronic gadgets reveals patterns in people’s consumer behavior, in how people choose to connect with each other, and how they spend their time.

Most Preschoolers Use Tablets, Smartphones DailyMedlinePlus

A recent study found that nearly all U.S. kids under the age of four have used a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone, and are using them at earlier and earlier ages. Some call this trend disturbing. Others believe there’s nothing wrong with an early start to achieving digital literacy.

Pitfalls of the Connected HomeThe New York Times

The idea behind a so-called connected home is that all the gadgets and devices in your house – including light bulbs, security cameras, door locks, smoke alarms and thermostats – will be connected online and can be controlled from wherever there is Internet access, such as on your smartphones. Did you leave the oven on? Did the babysitter lock herself out of the house? Your water sprinklers are on while it’s raining? No worries; the solution is a few screen taps away…or is it?

It’s Way Too Easy to Buy Legal Hacking Gadgets OnlineBusiness Insider

As more of our devices become connected, the risk of falling victim to cybercrime is growing exponentially. And to make matters worse, there’s a number of tools anyone can legally purchase online that can help a hacker break into anything from your WiFi network to your car. This article lists eight different gadgets readily available online that can be used for hacking.