26 October 2016
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? If it’s checking your smartphone, you’re not alone. A reported 35% of adults turn on their screens the instant they wake. From checking the news, traffic and weather before we leave the house, to managing our working day with our business phones to check emails and stay on top of our calendars, the thought of managing without our handheld devices can be a tough one to get our heads around. Could you do it?
“The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free.” Nasim Nicholas Taleb
1. Give yourself a chance to engage with the real world again.
2. Enjoy the food you’re eating, rather than feeling you have to take pictures and tell the whole world about it!
3. You’ll be free to enjoy a holiday when you’re ‘uncontactable’.
4. You’ll be able to get on with important work without the distraction of a smartphone. No more checking Facebook every 5 seconds to see who’s ‘liked’ the latest photo of your offspring doing something cute.
5. Your privacy will be safer. Smartphones contribute to making your private life public, which can be misused by wrongdoers.
While it may be a good idea to put the smartphone down once in a while and actually communicate in person with your friends and family, there are of course many positive benefits that our handheld devices have brought to our lives. From capturing the moment in an instant thanks to the embedded cameras in our smartphones, to allowing us to keep in touch via social media and be more productive during the day during ‘down time’. No more just staring out of the window during a train or bus journey, we now have the opportunity to work and check emails thanks to all of our data being in one place.
“The future is mobile computing – smartphones and tablets are just an element of it. The industry is on the verge of a whole new paradigm.” Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry.
Whether you choose to rely on your smartphone or not, remember that when it comes to upgrading or disposal, the importance of responsible handheld device and computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to play your part in reducing potentially health and environmentally damaging e-waste, as well as keeping your data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers, handhelds and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.