With Mac Computers in our computer lab, Macbooks in our backpacks, it is only fitting that iPhones be in our hands. Gradually, the verb ‘flip’ has become obsolete when referring to cell phones. With the ever-growing iPhone population, what happens to those left behind with a not-so-smart phone? When asked if she wanted an iPhone, Brie Sosnov ’14 said, “Yes, and I am getting one soon!”
This is the usual response when non-iPhone owners are confronted about their lesser device. iPhones can be used in a variety of ways — from GPS to mobile radio, the apps and possibilities are endless. iPhones can be beneficial even to the most studious of teenagers. Whether it be quickly Spark-Noting your English book on the way to class, or as Sarah Walker ’16 describes, using her iPhone to do her WebAssign, iPhones can be used for more than a quick Snapchat. Those without iPhones are stuck living their app-less days with no Temple Run, Instagram or ability to tweet about their current location.
On a technical level, non-smart phones receive group messages as picture messages and cannot see who else the messages were sent to. Although it is a minor inconvenience, it can lead to individuals getting excluded from those sometimes-crucial group messages that socializing may depend on.
With the GFS Upper School iPhone population at a staggering 59%* and growing, when will the time come to give up the flip-QWERTY-keyboard phones? As the percentage of iPhone owners increase, will the Upper School ever adapt to the abilities that these phones give us? With a majority of students having access to social media 24 hours a day, it is worth considering whether GFS will attempt to control or embrace this technology.
*According to a Facebook poll of 142 students.