Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Social Media on Mobile Vs Web – How has it impacted your life?

I have undergone a transformational change within few years and the result is that I am glued to my phone and my laptop just finds itself in the bag. The extent of my dependence is a little embarrassing - I need it in morning in my private hours :-{ I can't imagine getting in the bathroom without my mobile, how much ever urgent it is;). I surf FaceBook wall like my daily newspaper. The day proceed with some nice recipe of YouTube, on my phone. It goes on and on beeping a cute tune, of course, Whatsapp! Checking Gmail through the day, as if, if I don't check the mail, there would be a crisis somewhere! I am getting better at Twitter on my phone, which I started lately and I love to voice my opinion, very often! Using Tumblr/Hangout/Face Book-Skype for video calls with my family/friends who are away! Various apps to shop/lose-weight/beauty-tip to share-market/new around the world/stock-exchange.

I can stay away from everyone for a while, but without my phone not an hour! Hello, an hour has 60 minutes! Even in my sleep, I keep checking it. Don't ask me 'WHAT?' I am also looking for that answer!

Trust me on this, I have been named as a - "MOBILE SOCIAL ANIMAL!"

I might not call, I might not send a personal message through SMS, but I am everywhere on the internet, thanks to my Smartphone!

I came across this topic - ‘Social Media on Mobile Vs Web – How has it impacted your life?’ and it occurred me that it is not just my story! There are many others, it seems!

It just made me realise that it has been a while since I have actually opened all these sites on my laptop. I was amazed to see various readings on the internet.

Let's go one by one:
What's Mobile Social Media?

Source : http://wearesocial.net/tag/sdmw/

This statistic speaks volume. Like me, there are many others who are joining a new breed called : Mobile social animal! Having +313 Million 'mobile social animals' means something!

Reasons for this explosion is very simple: 

iPhones/Blackberry/Samsung/Nexus/Lumia and to join these pricey brands, with similar features and specifications, are the low budget phones - Nokia Asha Series/Micromax/Karbon and many other phone(talking about the Indian market). The market is flooded with options for the buyers having varied budget ranges.

If you have a phone, you have internet.
Everywhere! Every minute!

What's Social Media on Web?
           
This is a traditional way of using the internet - on Laptop/computers! Using various social networking sites - which started from the age-old Orkut(I did revisit my page on its last day!) But I remember the happy days where I shared a laugh with my friends. What I didn't knew then was - Orkut was just a start! Social media life began with laptop/computers! But things have transformed for good!

Social Media on Mobile Vs Web:
                                                             
If you have a laptop sitting on your lap, which can turn the world around on your fingertips and a few clicks, then you can have the same revolving-rotating world, through your phone, holding it in your hands! Let's compare a few interesting points:


I would say - "Smartphone ka palla bhari hai"! Smartphone have few drawbacks, but of course!

  •       Smaller screen: Very tiny space to type. People with fat fingers(yes, one of them is ME :-{) have to retype a word like ten times!
    • Damage control: Google Voice app, which searches/types/do-as-you-say

  • Storage: There is a limited storage with Smartphone which can be extended but not as much laptops/computers!
    • Damage Control: Transfer the content on internet and delete or transfer it to laptop and delete. Space created!

For me Smartphone wins because they can help you connect your people without internet as well! Laptops/computers are not designed for that feature.

Social Media on Mobile Vs Web – How has it impacted your life?

Let's face the fact, everyone can't afford a Rs30,000/- laptop but one can afford a Rs 3000/- or less, Smartphone. Let me share a small incident - It will say in itself that everyone can have a phone and can be a part of social media!

Incident Time:

I got a Facebook request from someone named Arti. That's a common name and I know a few Artis. Well, she had flashy profile picture of Katrina Kaif! But later she pinged me her selfie! Taken from the phone. Then and there!

I couldn't recognize her immediately but I realized later that she was daughter of my house-help, who worked a few years back. This little girl used to visit my home for her English lessons from me. The only reaction I still have is - Oh My GOD! REALLY?

It does seem so! Really! Everyone has found some space for themselves on this world-wide-web! This platform is where you can have whatever face you like, you don't need a degree or your family background status or your own profession. After I became friends with her, I saw her friend list had that house gate security guards and other house helps.

The statistics supports my observation that everyone is there - using mobile social media:

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Usage on mobile is an hands down winner! Mobile social media has affected everyone's life. Everyone wants to share what they feel, even if it is tiniest thing which makes no sense. Ignorance is a taboo, as there are 'n' number of sites which can present a comparative study, there are many video to enlighten you and then there is Google! More information you require, more information it generates!

Smartphone are her not only to entertain, rather they have changed the face of business world as well! 


The openness of information has generated a more sorted buyer who knows exactly what suits him and this has created fierce competition in the market! All this changes has been post mobile-media outburst. 

COMMON MAN HAS THE POWER! In their hands, on their fingertips! Well, its not easy to gain all information, you still lose something - this is my story:

http://itsfunny.net/if-i-didnt-had-a-smartphone/

Addiction has reached a new extent:

 http://bestdemotivationalposters.com/tag/fire/
http://www.cherrylola.com/picgisi/what-are-some-good-quotes-to-put-as-your-facebook-status/2



http://www.funzpictures.com/funny-wallpapers-for-whatsapp/

Well, it looks good, but we do have lost that personal touch! We talk less, we tweet more! We say less, we like more! We meet less, we hangout more! We get in touch less, we wink more!

http://aceimgs.com/funny-images-quotes-for-facebook/funny-images-quotes-for-facebook-800/

The amount of time we spend with mobile, more our own kids learn it! They don't want to out in mud and play, rather they would race or do subway-surf or puzzles on the phone. The little ones talk in a different language totally. Even their ABCs have changed their word:

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This is the state of the little ones, for the ones who have their senses, they are on the networking sites only. Be it class, washrooms, their rooms, dining table with family, they are on their phone! Everywhere, every moment! 24*7 also seems to be less time as they mange like a hundereds of group within the same time frame. Handling kids who are addicted to the networking sites has become a task!

But every coin comes with the two faces, so if it has some good, it will have the opposite following it round the corner. Let's just end on a good note, so here's my three year old for you!!!


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Hope this change brings in more goodness to life!

Cheers!



I am participating in the #SMWBangalore activity at BlogAdda in association with Social Media Week Bangalore!


5 comments:

  1. Hate to accept but I am a mobile social animal as well. Nice post. An eye-opener.

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    1. we all are swa.....i swear i never felt soo scattered as i feel today - reason is that my whatsapp is not working :-/

      Thanks for visiting :)

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