Oh, smartphone. How I adore you...and have an unhealthy obsession with you. Thankfully, I am not alone in my devotion to my smartphone. With 70% of mobile phone users in the United States owning a smartphone (comScore, 2014) and 42% owning a tablet (Pew Research, 2014) mobile technology is quickly becoming the preferred method for communicating both personally and professionally.
Mobility allows us to transmit and received information anytime of the day from anywhere in the world. Our cumbersome desktops and laptops have been traded in for smaller and sleeker designs. The communications professional has the freedom to tweet from her Android phone or IPhone, update Facebook from her Galaxy Tablet, or create a new blog entry while sitting at her laptop from the comfort of her couch. By 2016, 63 million Americans will be working in a virtual or flexible role in the workforce (O’Brien, 2014). This will be due in large part to the creation of mobile technology. While mobile technology allows for more flexibility in the workforce, it does not mean we can forgo discipline and strategy (Calhoun, 2013) in the workplace.
We are no longer tethered to a specific location in ordered to conduct our daily professional or personal lives. When we have a crisis, whether its as detrimental as the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 Boston Marathon or as common as someone unable to come into work that day due to an emergency, mobile technology allows us to share information where ever we are. Mobile technology has disrupted the way we communicate and that is a good thing.
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