Mobile phones have become a must-have for most Australians, but why do we still need them?
The answers might surprise you.
In a new report from research group Mobile Devices, the research company found that for most people, mobile phones are not a necessity.
Read moreRead moreThe study’s authors, Matthew Gaffney, from Ipsos Research and Professor James Ainsworth from the University of New South Wales, said the study’s findings showed people did not rely on their phones for every purpose they might need to access the internet.
“Mobile phones provide a valuable social media tool for accessing social media, social media services, and news content, as well as for communicating with family, friends and colleagues,” Mr GaffNEY said.
“However, they do not replace or replace social media in terms of communicating with friends, family, work colleagues, colleagues in other countries, or colleagues in Australia.”
Mr Gaffrey said the research also found people relied on mobile phones for many more purposes than people thought.
“For example, a smartphone’s location tracking capabilities allow for many of the most convenient ways for mobile users to connect with friends and family,” he said.
Mr Gaffe said it was important people understood the value of mobile phones, and that they should use them with care.
“They are often very easy to lose and use, they can easily be lost or stolen, and they can become damaged by weather, rain, traffic, and other factors,” he explained.
“People should use mobile devices to socialise, work, socialise with others, or even just get directions to their workplace.”
And for people to make the most of their mobile phone, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
“Professor James Akinsworth from The University of Sydney said people did have a responsibility to protect their phones, but also understand the limitations of mobile technology.”
When we’re using our mobile phones and there are other devices around us, such as tablets, we are often distracted by our phones,” he told News Corp.”
So we need to make sure that we don’t forget to turn it off or to use other devices.
“This is why it is important for people not to use their phones at work, at school, at home, or anywhere else, or for those who have lost their mobile phones.”