Friday, 14th December 2012
UK OBSESSED WITH THE INTERNET – It’s official, according to figure from the governing watchdog, OfCom; the UK now uses Facebook, Mobile Devices and downloads more music than any other country in the world, including that of Japan which is renowned for its tech lifestyle habits.
This meteoric rise is attributed to our love of the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and once again raises concerns if we not becoming less sociable, in terms of face to face interaction with our friends, family and those around them.
The statistics clearly show that the rise in our internet use is generally attributed our love of mobile devices, such as our iPhones, which allows us to continuously stay in touch while on the move. The Ofcom Report showed that the UK experienced a usage jump of 62% which was directly attributed to 18 to 24 year old citizens.
Other interesting facts are also emerging such as our online shopping habits, with UK shoppers spending an average of £1,000 per person, per year online. When it comes to movies and music then we Brits certainly top the charts as we download over 424 megabytes of data each and every month.
Considering the rise of mobile devices it is understandable why online businesses strive to make their websites mobile friendly and while Meebal.com doesn’t actually sell anything our readers can use Meebal.com on pretty much any mobile devices out there due to its ‘Responsive Design’.
With more and more mobile devices being offered, in varying different sizes – just take the iPad and iPad Mini, it is obvious that we are moving away from the desktop computer and using accessing our favorite content via our mobile devices. I personally still love to sit in front of a large screen while I work, sure I’m getting on and I do find the small screens difficult to work with.
The whole mobile culture does also worry me as I do feel that we are becoming detached from one another and mobile usage seems to be far more important than those around us, a point made in an article published earlier – “Text Messaging While Driving Kills” which clearly shows that some of us can’t even use our mobile devices to a sensible level which often causes harm to others around us for our behaviour.
I must admit I have a habit of turning the ringer on my mobile phone to silent when I go out as I don’t think it is fair on others around me to be disturbed when someone calls – just sit on the underground tube in London and all you can hear are ring tones and everyone reaching for their devices and then there is the constant chatter as people communicate with one another and yet even eye contact with another person on the tube can get you a snap response as; “What are you looking at?”. It seems to me that we have become reliant on our mobile devices as a means of keeping in touch without having to touch and I wonder where we will be in the next 10 years of this mobile device revolution.