Tablet computing had plenty of false starts before it became the ubiquitous device it is now. A few decades ago, cellular phones were capable of merely making calls and sending primitive text messages, while companies still had to imagine tablets. Today, smartphones and tablets have turned into sophisticated pocket computers, making the personal computer superfluous for casual consumers.
A smartphone without a data plan is like buying a fancy sports car and then driving it on Edsa—you’ll look hot, yes, but you probably won’t be able to make it go full throttle. Sure, you can use a smartphone on Wi-Fi, but you won’t be maximizing its capabilities. Contrary to popular belief, data plans won’t bloat your monthly bill; it might even help reduce it, thanks to the many Internet-based messaging apps available to smartphone users.
Last week I came across two very well-thought and powerful pieces that tackled the epidemic of loneliness and how, ironically, social networking and the digital age have contributed to the increase of loneliness over the last decade or so.