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Why Mobile Technology is Seen to Exhibit Cult-Like Characteristics

>> May 29, 2012

There is no doubt about the popularity of the mobile technology in the current era. It has changed the way we communicate with one another completely. That is not all, it has now even started to alter the way we live our lives. We simply love mobile phones because we can carry them everywhere with us and they do a thousand things for us too.

There are many people who have to travel from one place to another due to their work and others have to commute such long distances to reach their workplaces. This has made it even more important for us to stay connected at all times. If you go out of station due to a work-related assignment, then you would want to stay in touch with your office and family while you are away. If you have to commute a long way to get to work, you want to stay in touch with your family. Let’s face it, humans are social animals and they crave staying connected.

Some may view it as becoming a trend just like alternative medicine. There are so many similarities between the two. Alternative medicine is often claimed to spring from cultural tradition. Mobile technology can also be seen to exhibit similar cult-like characteristics. Have you noticed how people tend to crowd around bars and cafes offering free Wi-Fi rather than visiting restaurants that don’t? You will even notice them constantly checking their mobile for updates even when they are talking to someone. Seems like, all that a cafĂ© needs is the best broadband connection to attract these mobile phone addicts.

Among all these brands, Apple is perhaps the one with the largest fan following inspiring a sort of ritualistic behavior among its users. There are currently more than 250 million iPhones active around the globe. iPhone has done a mind blowing job of capturing the smartphone user market single-handedly since its launch in 2007. As far as Android is concerned there are 200 million devices active across the globe.

Just as is the case with alternative medicine, there is no absolute consensus among mobile phone users as to which smartphone platform should be called the best. Apple has its pros and cons and so does Android. Apple offers its users a very user friendly phone with thousands of apps available for download on iTunes. However, it is not at all customizable. Android also offers a user friendly experience and is even developed on a customizable platform. On the hand it does not have as many apps to offer on Google Play Store.

Now there is another platform available for smartphone users, the Microsoft Windows Phone which has only recently been introduced. The Windows Phone was launched as an attempt by Microsoft to compete with iPhone and Android phone. It still proved to be a very good choice instead of the expected disappointed that homeopathy often is.

Every a few months there is a new device launched in the market and mobile phone user hog is down just like self-medication. All they seem to want is upgrading to the latest smartphone on the market, which often become a drain on their bank balance. That’s not all; where gadgets are concerned tablets are also very popular devices that tech-savvy people are buying like crazy. These tablets, which are a hybrid of a laptop and a smartphone, cannot offer the complete feature of either of them. That is why people have to buy smartphones and laptops along with their tablets.

iPad has been ruling the tablet market since its launch in 2010. However, now a compatible Android-based tablet has been launched by Samsung in 2011 called the Samsung Galaxy Note. This tablet not only has touch-screen, but also comes with a stylus pen for a better interactive use. Following Samsung, LG has released a tablet as well, which is also Android-based. It is called LG Optimus Vu.

You may or may not be a part of this cult-like tradition of staying updated with the latest mobile phones and tablets all the time. An upside of the picture is that if you do one day decide to follow this tradition, it won’t be a huge dent on your wallet. There are many affordable mobile phones and tablets also easily available in the market. Just install one of the best broadband plans at home for constant connectivity.

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