Tuesday, November 8, 2011

there's an app for that


Section 4 of the first article discusses the ethical effect mobile apps are having on society. I think some really interesting points are made. Quicker communication, increased productivity, and entertainment at our fingertips can all be seen as positive impacts of mobile apps. It's all becoming increasingly more common. But at the same time, I can't help but wonder if we're lowering our quality of living. We can communicate instantly, which can be very helpful in some situations, but how is it effecting our interpersonal communication? And aren't there times when you wish you could just disconnect? Similarly, it's nice to have entertainment at our fingertips. Waiting at the doctors office is a lot less boring, but where in the past we may have talked to someone else and made a new friend, now we keep to ourselves and play angry birds. I think there are positive and negative impacts to all aspects, we just need to find a balance. 

Article two highlights just one blogger's favorite apps, but I think it expresses what we as a society find important. ShakeItPhoto- we want to share our lives and do it in style. Bloglovin'- we want to keep up on the latest gossip and stay "involved" in the lives of our friends. Grocery IQ- we want to increase productivity and simplify our lives. Again, I think that all of this can be seen from both a positive and negative perspective. The important thing is to find the balance.


  1. Elise,
    The effects apps are having on the society are very interesting and I feel they are very true. However, I agree with you that it is probably hurting our quality of life as well. We are all so distraced all the time. Sometimes it's hard to focus on important things due to all of our apps. I definatley agree with you that we MUST find balance.
    -Savannah Forsberg

  2. I agree that the quality of life as a whole as probably been hurt by having all the apps and technology available. I was a fighter of the smart phone movement but ended up getting it for work purposes. I use it more for news information and sports updates but I know many people who are consumed by every facet of their phone. Great post!

  3. I always warn people that once you get a smartphone you can't go back. The allure of all information at any time is just to convenient.

  4. I liked your post, Elise. I agree that it can be both beneficial and harmful. As in all things, moderation is key. Great post!