A few days ago my roommate and myself were sitting in our apartment, trying to find a cure for Sunday boredom. The situation went as follows:
Roommate: What’s on tv?
Me: I don’t know, let me check the TV guide app. There’s no good football games on.
R: Let me see if there’s any good wing deals on the Party Tutor app maybe we can watch the game somewhere.
M: Alright. I just checked ScoreCenter both of our teams play next week.
R: Are you hungry?
This conversation all took place over several minutes as we both flipped through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, I posted a selfie, beat a few levels of Candy Crush Saga, and bought a phone case on Amazon for $2.35.
Why is this important?
The International Data Corportation (IDC) predicts that over 76.9 billion app downloads will occur by 2014 and it will be a $35 billion dollar industry. According to this inforgraphic, where you can find more information, the average smartphone user has 22 apps on their deck and the average iPhone user has 37 apps on their deck.
My point being: apps are PERVASIVE, there is an app for everything these days from banking to games to restaurants to movie theater times and it is a relevant industry, both personally and financially. Apps are designed to make life easier, and as you can see from my conversation with my roommate they do accomplish that goal. But my question is, as apps make life easier do they make you lazier?
Today there is literally nothing I can’t do without the use of an app.
Because of WellsFargo Mobile I literally never have to go to a bank teller to deposit a check. Because of this, I quite literally don’t know how to deposit a check.
Because of Evernote, I don’t have to print out the notes I take on my computer because they sync automatically to my phone.
Thanks to Dominos, I don’t have to call anyone to order a pizza.
Thanks to Yelp and Urbanspoon I never have to ask a friend about what restaurant or business they recommend.
Because of the TVGuide app, I don’t even have to look at the guide on my TV.
Thanks to Google Maps I can visit a whole city on foot, alone, without having to communicate with a single person.
I can live almost my entire life without even looking up from my phone, my apps guide me through every aspect of my life. And while this makes life greatly convenient, I can’t help but notice how app technology hinders development of life and communication skills.