Every generation has been defined by some key differences from the one before it, and Millenials and Gen Z are no different. These two generations of people have shown an interesting evolution in technology usage, with Millenials’ love of cell phones giving way to Gen Z’s increasing preference for social media, instant messaging, and their cell phones’ cameras. Here’s what you need to know about each generation’s cell phone habits and preferences, as well as how they can impact your business if you aren’t paying attention.
Why do we love our smartphones so much?
It’s an age-old question: What is it about smartphones that make us so attached to them? Are we just passing time or are we engaging in a meaningful experience with these devices? Is there something inherently addictive about our mobile phones? Or are they simply a better way to communicate than ever before? Researchers have recently begun exploring these questions, but there is no conclusive evidence to date on why people love their smartphones so much. However, one thing does seem clear: The next generation of smartphone users—Generation Z—seems even more obsessed with their phones than Millennials were at their age. In fact, some research suggests that Generation Z may be spending more time on social media and playing more games on their smartphones than Millennials did at similar ages. So what is it about these new users that seem to make them even more reliant on technology? And how will their habits change as they grow older? Only time will tell. But for now, it’s probably safe to say that we won’t see any decrease in smartphone use anytime soon. With smartphone usage only increasing, let’s try to keep our phones working as long as possible. Check out CPSCENTRAL.COM for all your cell phone protection plans.
A Day Without Our Smartphones
In our opinion, smartphones are more than just another device to check text messages, browse social media or scroll through your newsfeed. We believe that people use their smartphones as a crutch for many daily activities, in fact — two-thirds of millennials would not be able to last a day without their smartphones (source). This statistic is especially apparent when comparing Generation Z (Gen Z) to Millenials’ use of smartphones – according to an AT&T survey, 83% of 16-19-year-olds wouldn’t be able to go 24 hours without their smartphone as opposed to only 67% of adults age 55+. As you can see, there is a distinct difference in how these generations view smartphones and we think it comes down to one thing: trust. Millennials have been around long enough to witness major security breaches on corporate servers and government databases; therefore they may feel hesitant about putting sensitive information on something that could potentially get hacked into. On the other hand, Gen Z has grown up with technology being around them at every turn; therefore they feel comfortable using technology for almost everything. They don’t question whether or not their data will be secure because they simply assume it will be since everything else in their lives is connected via some sort of digital network.
Technology Stops, We Go On
Smartphones have taken over our lives, there’s no denying that fact. One generation believes they can’t live without them (Millenials) while another believes they are more in control of their technological devices than ever before (Gen Z). However, upon further investigation, you will find that neither is correct—the truth is much simpler than that. Our tendency to check our phones every 20 minutes isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but we can be thankful for one thing: new technology stops working when we need it most! If your smartphone died while you were on your way to an important meeting or if you desperately needed a smartphone app while stuck in traffic – how would you react? The next time you notice yourself reaching for your smartphone to fill a void in your life, consider what might happen if technology stopped working. Would you still feel as dependent on it as you do now? Or would you be okay with just sitting back and enjoying life? You may not realize it yet but Gen Z has figured out something about smartphones that many adults haven’t quite caught onto yet: smartphones don’t make us happy – using them does. Keep being happy with CPSCENTRAL.COM. They will keep your phone working as long as possible.
Cell Phone Usage In Public Places
A major culture shift is underway in America, but instead of taking decades to materialize, we’re living through it right now: Millennials are abandoning public spaces for internet access at home or in their local Starbucks. And if there were any doubt about how different these two generations are, just look at their cell phone usage; millennials use them in public places more than Gen Zers do (86% vs 72%). Why? Because they’re constantly on guard against looking like a dork; by hiding behind a screen rather than talking to friends or coworkers face-to-face, they can avoid looking silly or unintelligent. The irony here is that it was exactly that fear—of seeming unpopular—that drove them out of their homes and into public places when they were teenagers! It’s not surprising then that many teens from Generation Z are even less likely to be seen using their phones in public than older generations (only 44% admit to doing so). Gen Zers have grown up with smartphones and tablets as an integral part of daily life—they’re used to having constant access to information, entertainment, and social media. As such, they don’t see why anyone would want to waste time staring at a tiny screen when you could be spending time interacting with other people. It’s also worth noting that teens from Generation Z grew up during a period where social media began becoming ubiquitous; as such, many feel uncomfortable being observed while using their devices.
Can You Still Enjoy Life Without One?
I had an iPhone in high school and didn’t use a cell phone for six years. I was able to go about my life without worrying about missing out on important calls or texts. My friends were never worried I wouldn’t get their calls or miss out on opportunities. We hung out face-to-face, talking, laughing, and having fun! Some of those same friends are now always on their cell phones and they feel weird if they aren’t. People think that when you have one, you can’t enjoy yourself without it. But that isn’t true at all! Just because someone doesn’t have a cell phone doesn’t mean they don’t know how to live life; it just means they know how to appreciate things like being with friends instead of trying to take pictures of them every second and post them online for likes or comments. The whole point is: You don’t need a cell phone in order to be happy with your life or be social with other people. In fact, research shows that more than 90% of teens believe living without a cell phone makes life easier and less stressful.
Is There Such Thing As Too Much Screen Time?
Smartphones, tablets, mobile apps…there’s a growing body of research that suggests that today’s adolescents are too attached to their phones and tablets. A survey by Common Sense Media found that 85% of children under 8 use screens for entertainment while 50% say they have used a device in school when they should have been paying attention. For those ages 12-17, those numbers jumped to 87% for entertainment screen time and 71% using screens during class time (source). Based on these statistics, parents might be wondering how much screen time is too much? And perhaps even more importantly: What does excessive smartphone use look like? Is there such a thing as too much screen time for kids or teens? The answer is yes—and no. There isn’t one right amount of screen time for everyone because what matters most isn’t how much time you spend with your devices but what you do with them. In other words, quality matters just as much as quantity. Here are some tips to help you make sure your kids aren’t spending too much time staring at screens: 1) Set limits and boundaries. When you give your child a choice about whether or not he wants to use his tablet or smartphone, it can give him ownership over his tech habits and encourage him to set his own limits about what he chooses to do with his devices.
How to take a break from using your Smartphone?
The first step is to admit you have a problem. For many of us, that’s the hardest part. Many of us are deeply attached to our phones: we wake up with them, fall asleep with them, and spend the majority of the day using them. You might think you don’t have a problem because you don’t check your phone every five minutes—but over time, those few minutes add up to hours spent scrolling through Instagram. The solution is simple: disengage from your smartphone throughout the week. Take a break for at least one hour each day. Don’t worry about how much time you spend on your phone; just commit to taking breaks throughout the week so you can get back in touch with reality. The more frequently you take breaks, the easier it will be to maintain healthy habits in general. Plus, when people ask what’s wrong when they see that pained look on your face as you scroll through Instagram, tell them nothing! I was just checking my email!
Take care of your Smartphone.
Cell phones are inextricably woven into our culture, thanks to their portability, accessibility, and ability to keep us connected with friends and family while on the go. Unlike traditional landlines that can only be used when you’re home or at work, smartphones give us access to instant communication around the clock. So what happens if your smartphone is damaged by a fall, water damage, or even theft? Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to protect your investment and minimize any losses should something go wrong. First off, don’t let your smartphone run out of battery life before putting it away for safekeeping—you may think that charging overnight is a good idea but studies show that charging your phone for extended periods of time could actually shorten its lifespan. If you’re not going to use your smartphone for an extended period of time (like overnight), turn off its power completely by plugging it into a power source instead of leaving it plugged in so that it continues to charge. Another way to take care of your Smartphone investment is to purchase a Warranty Protection plan. CPSCENTRAL.COM has a variety of warranty plans that can help keep your Smartphone running for as long as we can.
Let’s Get Back To Life
Life is a lot more fun when we learn to let go of our cell phones. Using devices like Kindles, iPads, Samsung Galaxies, or the latest model of the iPhone doesn’t need to be a time suck. Life isn’t going anywhere. In fact, these tools are supposed to make us smarter, more productive people – not take our attention away from real life. So why don’t you take your kids for a walk today without checking your Snapchat notifications on your iPhone? Get back to life! We have been told by social media sites that we can use them whenever and wherever we want, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There was a time when people actually talked to each other face-to-face; a time before Netflix made movie night at home more convenient than ever; and yes, even before selfies were invented. These distractions may seem harmless enough but overuse can lead to many detrimental effects: loss of productivity at work (or school), lack of sleep, social anxiety disorders…the list goes on. The bottom line is that cell phones are great tools but they shouldn’t take up all of our lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone as much as anyone else does—but I also know how to turn it off every once in a while. The next time you’re tempted to check your Snapchat notifications while out with friends or family, just remember what life was like before cell phones existed – and then ask yourself if using one right now will really improve your quality of life. Chances are good that if you really think about it, there will be plenty of things in your day worth being distracted from – whether they’re real-life experiences or cell phone apps! It’s time to take a step back and reconnect with reality. If we don’t give ourselves some space from technology, no one else will do it for us. No one likes reading a book on an iPad better than holding an actual paper book in their hands, watching a movie projected onto a big screen TV better than watching it on their iPhone 6s Plus in bed, or talking to someone face-to-face better than talking to them through FaceTime. Let’s get back to life! After all, what would happen if everyone decided that cell phones didn’t matter anymore? No texting at red lights. No taking pictures during dinner parties instead of enjoying conversations with those around you. It would be an interesting experiment indeed…and probably pretty refreshing too!
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