This Atlantic video delves into the pros and cons of smart phones for daters and others.
But what about phones for reading?
Have smart phones in the end done more harm than good, through distractions such as Facebook and other social media? Is your iPhone really “saving literature”?
Few are keener on smart phones as reading platforms than I am—complete with my advocacy of cell phone book clubs. But for me the answer isn’t as clear-cut as you might think.
It isn’t enough just to own a smart phone. You also have to associate it with books. Many young people don’t even know they can read books on phones by way of major commercial apps such as Amazon’s—or better software like Moon+ Reader Pro. Beyond that, it would help if more actually used the “Airplane Mode” or the equivalent to turn off distractions when reading on phones. More might if they knew how and saw their peers doing so. And that’s part of the reasoning behind the cell phone book club idea.
Meanwhile, back to the question. Do you think that in the end smart phones have actually hurt reading more than helped it? Would books be faring better if we still were in the flip phone era? But is it also possible that if schools, libraries and other institutions tried harder—through cell phone book clubs and otherwise—they could successfully use this same technology to promote books as a medium?
Related: How cell phone book clubs could get young people reading and change their lives, by Bertel King.