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The Smart Phone: A tool for distraction or a device that will evolve our daily activities?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Written by Stephanie Rennie

There are many frustrating aspects regarding life on campus such as: overhearing annoying conversations in the quiet areas of the library when people don’t seem to understand the concept of a whisper, paying too much for food that costs a fraction of the price off campus, and dealing with people that lose their ability to walk properly when they are on cell phones. I can not express how annoying it is when people decide to randomly stop in the middle of door ways or bump into you because they are walking with their head down. Although this is a very agitating aspect of the smart phone, it is a very beneficial social tool overall.

With over a third of Canadian mobile users on a smart phone, these devices have quickly become the epitome of being connected. With email alerts, never-ending Tweets, and Facebook updates constantly buzzing throughout the day, it is hard to find a minute alone. By connecting all of these social networks into one convenient device, it becomes impossible to ever lose track of someone and immediate responses are not only possible, but expected.

In early October when Blackberry experienced technical complications, the utter outrage expressed by Blackberry users demonstrated a generation reliant on these devices.

In addition to the social elements that the smart phone enables, it allows for even the most unorganized person to develop a concise schedule with constant reminders of where they should be and what they should be doing when they get there. This technological genius possesses apps for anything under the sun from weather updates to running logs, from games to beat boredom to price checks for various stores. Starting on Tuesday November 29th, thecannon.ca will soon be added to the list of necessary sites that are accessible on your smartphone.

Thecannon.ca has experienced continuous growth since its beginning in 2002. To allow for such consistent development, at the end of every winter semester thecannon encourages users to provide feedback regarding its services. The survey conducted in winter 2011 demonstrated a large demand among the user population to implement a smart phone friendly version of the site.

Next Tuesday, the many voices that asked for a more accessible site will get their wish and thecannon users will have the chance to use their smart phone to its fullest potential. Thecannon.ca will be launching the new smartphone site in the UC Courtyard from 11am until 2pm on Tuesday November 29th.

Buying and selling textbooks will never be easier or more convenient. Instead of waiting until you get home or to the library to search for that book that you desperately need, students will be connected all of the time to increase the chance of getting books and housing in the blink of an eye and for a fraction of the cost.

Nothing is more aggravating than emailing someone for a textbook to get response hours later that the book has already been sold. This mobile site will enable buyers and sellers to communicate faster and more efficiently to ensure that textbooks are being bought at sold in the most effective manner.

This mobile site is imperative during the first weeks in January as the campus is scurrying to buy their new books, sell their old ones, and house hunt for next year. With the smart phone friendly version of the site, all of these tasks will be easier, more efficient, and will ensure that students are able to get the books and the housing they need when they need it.

In a world when we are always connected to news by the minute, smartphones also give students an opportunity to know about upcoming events on and off campus, as well as consistent news, opinion, and review articles at their finger tips.

Stephanie Rennie is Editor-in-Chief of thecannon. Fire Away publishes every Thursday in The Cannon and in The Ontarion Student Newspaper at the University of Guelph.

The opinions posted on thecannon.ca reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op. We encourage all students to submit opinion pieces, including ones that run contrary to the opinion piece in question.

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