During our recent trip to Puerto Rico it became clearer than ever, to me, that people everywhere have a common addiction.
Grandma is doing it, while sitting by the pool. The youngster at her side is doing it. The corporate executive, spending vacation with her husband, is doing it. The workers trimming trees along Avenida Isla Verde in San Juan are doing it. And, of course, I do it…
You likely have the addiction and/or know others who have it too!
What is the addiction?
Constantly spending time looking into our smartphone (or laptop).
It is simply amazing to see these devices constantly in peoples’ hands or within arms-length distance…
During this post I’ll be speaking (actually writing) out of both sides of my mouth 🙂
Here we go…
First, as individuals, we must balance all the things we can do with all this technology (productivity vs. mere time-consuming distractions) realizing that it is critically important to put it down so that we pay attention to the people and world around us.
Now, to talk (write) out of the other side of my mouth 🙂
Make no mistake, we are only at the beginning of where technology is going.
A very simple example…
In preparation for our return from Puerto Rico I called a car service for a ride from Logan Airport to our home in New Hampshire. After completing the transaction the representative said: “Once your plane arrives you will receive a text message from your driver, from the Glympse app, which will tell you exactly where to meet him.” Wow, sign me up 🙂
Since this was the first I had heard of Glympse I had to learn more. Turns out it is an app that allows you to temporarily share your current location (vs. Find Friends which allows constant viewing of your family and friends’ locations) so that the person you send this to can find you.
A few observations here:
- Where there is a problem, there is an app / solution. If you’ve ever visited Logan, or any other large airport, you know that finding someone can be a hassle. Making it easier and quicker is a big deal. Glympse makes it simple.
- If you have an idea for an app you are encouraged to do something with it, now! If you don’t someone else will!
- The rep in the above scenario never asked if the phone number I had provided was my cell. This is now assumed.
Bottom-line: If you aren’t invested in this addiction (I mean revolution), you are missing the boat.
Investing in this revolution involves:
- Getting on board – If you don’t yet have a smartphone (the most important tool for communications and productivity of our time) it is time to get one. My recommendation: the iPhone.
- Incorporating it into your life (for productivity) – As outlined in several prior posts there are numerous ways to incorporate this amazing tool into our life so that we have the world at our fingertips. That said, as outlined in the first half of this post – we must use it in moderation!!!
- Considering how much of our investment portfolio should be allocated to companies (directly via their stock and/or mutual funds) in this industry. Apple, for example, is up over 60% since last year at this time!
In closing, the continuous (never-ending) expansion of technology is a double-edged sword.
It is an incredibly powerful tool, that the world will continuously and increasingly adopt. Therefore, it behooves us to be invested in it, in all regards. If we don’t, we will be left behind.
While it is an incredibly powerful tool (with yours truly an example of the purest of addicts) we must use it in moderation. As such, join me in putting down our smartphone (or laptop) and spending time with our family. That’s what I’m now going to do 🙂
Have a GREAT day!