Technology has evolved dramatically over the past few years, and there's no denying the fact that today's young people are living in a much more inter-connected world compared to the one their parents grew up in. They're surrounded by technology pretty much everywhere, from the confines of the home to the classroom.
The internet may have emerged in the 1990s, but many at the time saw it as little more than a novelty, and some people felt the same way about computers.
But fast forward a decade or so and attitudes had shifted greatly. Today, it's almost impossible to navigate society without using technology. And to youngsters, devices such as smartphones and tablets are the norm.
What's really interesting, though, is how young people's perception of technology is changing. They tend to favour compact smart devices rather than powerful, but bulky computers.
In fact, according to research published in 2015 by the Pew Research Center, 73 per cent of teenagers have access to a smartphone, and 91 per cent of them use the internet through their phones - not a PC.
As a 21-year-old, I've been around technology for most of my life. I remember when my parents got their first computer in the early 2000s - a hand-me-down from my aunt.
Technology adoption has changed dramatically among people of my age: smartphones have almost entirely replaced traditional computers
I was only a kid then and, while I thought it was cool, I'd say the smartphone has had a much greater impact on my life. I remember getting my first Android phone mid-way through my secondary school years.
Suddenly, I was able to access social media sites and speak to my friends wherever and whenever I wanted. And, perhaps, I started to feel it was normal to maintain close friendships over the interwebs. It was the start of my smartphone (r)evolution.
I'm in the final year of university now, and the smartphone has come on leaps and bounds since then. The interesting thing I've found is that technology adoption has changed dramatically among people of my age: smartphones have almost entirely replaced traditional computers.
Who needs PCs?
My iPhone is the most important device in my life, and I use it for almost everything. Not only do I use it to communicate with family and friends, but it's also my central entertainment tool. I rarely feel the need to turn the TV on, because I can just hit up BBC iPlayer or Netflix in a heartbeat on my iPhone.
The same goes for the way I study. Yes, I use my Macbook for writing essays, but much of my day-to-day education is centred around my iPhone and iPad. In lectures, I can take photos of slides and take notes in Google Docs knowing they'll be saved in the cloud for when I get home.
Smartphones, to me, are the driving force of productivity. You can easily work and communicate on-the-go without lugging a heavy laptop around with you
In the three years of being at university, I've probably only been to the computer lab a handful of times. To me, it's just inconvenient. I can easily access Blackboard (the internal university management system) and upload essays from my phone.
Indeed, I feel there's a natural expectation for educational institutions, employers and other organisations to be centred around mobile technology.
Smartphones, to me, are the driving force of productivity. You can easily work and communicate on-the-go without lugging a heavy laptop around with you.
I have a friend who didn't even get a laptop till last year, and that was just for essays. Paper became obsolete a long time ago, and computers seem to be catching up.
The same goes for other forms of technology, though. I haven't used a digital camera in, well, years. And, as I've already said, my TV has long been gathering dust.
I haven't used a digital camera in, well, years [and] my TV has long been gathering dust
I guess, at the same time, this reliance on technology can also be draining. I find it hard to put my phone down and, as a result, I rarely get a decent night's sleep - at least, a lot less than the recommended eight hours.
But I tell myself that mobile tech can solve all my problems: Google has become the aunt who knows everything.
Whether it's calculating an equation or learning how to cook food that's not Pot Noodle or beans on toast, I'll just get my trusty iPhone out of my pocket.
It feels like my generation doesn't have to work things out anymore, and maybe that'll catch up with us one day?
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