Mobile technology’s influence on the web goes well beyond mobile site themes. What began as a smaller-screen alternative to the “normal” way of ingesting information has, in more and more ways, become a medium unto itself. What may once have been thought of as “mobile information” is now just information.
When things get busy, I know that I’ve found myself frustrated by how there hasn’t always seemed the time to keep up on blogs I’d like to read, social media I haven’t followed, etc. I’ve gotten into the habit lately of doing that from my phone for 10 minutes as I wrap up getting ready in the mornings, as well as using that to fill in the gaps throughout the day. Little bits at a time, I can often read additional 4-6 articles throughout the day. It helps not only to infuse a little more “stuff I choose to do” into a hectic day, but it’s also that many chances to be inspired by something.
Surveys have shown that 75% of smartphone users bring their phone to the bathroom with them. It makes sense, as I guess it’s become the new sort of magazine bathroom reader. Since the number one idle activity on smartphones is checking Facebook and Twitter, it’s fun to wonder how many status updates you see were written from the throne room of the porcelain gods.
Now that smartphones are leaning more toward being small computers that happen to make phone calls rather than web-enabled phones, our ability to access information or be a part of the global conversation gets a bump. Reading articles began as sort of a “aww look how cool it is I can surf the web on my phone.” As screen sizes have increased to the point of terms like “phablet” being coined (or my own tongue in cheek “hand tablet”), it seems our collective willingness to shift our activities to the phone grows accordingly. The distinction between “mobile information” and, well, information is fading fast.
For me, unless I have something long or tedious to write on Facebook (a debate or longer, more thoughtful comment) I have come to prefer handling that entirely by phone. The ease of access and streamlined interface make it simple to jump in, see what’s happening and interact, and jump back out quickly. Sharing photos and such seems to be emerging as a primarily mobile action, as well.
What do you think? Are there things you’re starting to shift your usage to mobile rather than at a traditional PC — and how has that changed the experience?