Never jumped on the phone bandwagon for some reason.It has nothing to do with trends they're convenient for people who live in developed areas.
Why'd you guys jump on board when that trend started?
I get that they're handy if an issue comes up but it seems like the bulk of their usage goes elsewhere.
edit: this turned out larger than i thought but you could just read the last paragraph
it's one of those things you wouldn't find use or dependency in unless you actually use it, and when you do it makes so many things much easier, its not absolutely necessary to use to live but it does save a lot of time doing the things id normally spend more time doing less efficiently
a phone is what it had developed from (hence smartphone) but its much more than that now, it's more like a PDA that people actually use
I have many utility apps that make using public transport much easier, such as moovit or citymapper, which i swear by on bus times and train routes, uber is great for super cheap taxis, me and my friends have used that a couple times too
I often use it to pay friends over paypal instantly if they pay for an expensive meal or such, i dont have to go to an atm and get money out and then swap denominations or change or whatever, i can just type the exact amount and split it ( calculator on the phone is handy for that too )
i have a one-touch flashlight button that just uses the camera flash as a flashlight, and its really bright, so whenever i need a flashlight, i can just use my phone which i always have with me
if im out and about or doing some long commuting, given a comfortable enough area i would tether the phone to my laptop and do work or browse the web while on the train, or that it also doubles as a music player, and id remember the times where id have to carry both a phone and an ipod or something
sometimes i see a nice car or something cool, maybe a nice sunset, i can just pull out my phone and take a picture, and smartphone cameras are getting really really good these days, some even having full 3d capture and slow-motion
so i wouldnt really say its a bandwagon, it just has a lot of hardware like GPS, internet connectivity, wifi, accelerometers, camera, and all these come together in a single portable device you can access easily and conveniently, and there are apps that take advantage of them, where in the past you would have to carry around a lot of stuff to get that kind of functionality everywhere
its a swiss army knife of communication, and while i said a lot about why its useful, its not something you can't live without, obviously, its just one of those things where if you used it enough, you just think "how did i live before this"
i knew a guy who didnt have internet in his house until like 2011, the fact that one day he could he suddenly had access to all this information and entertainment was pretty mind blowing to him, but of course he went a lot of his life without it, so had he not ever seen it, he probably wouldve went on living his life as such
it was like me getting my first nonstick pan, back then i was fine with any pan
now i only get nonstick pans, but had i never i wouldve still been okay with cooking with any old pan
i dont want to use the word ignorance, but the time i couldve used to plan train journeys, or photo opportunities ive missed, bus iteneraries, waiting in line at the atm are all inconveniences my smartphone has effectively dashed when it does all of this stuff in the tap of a button