Will the invention and market saturation of the smart phone be the demise of work quality and quantity in the U.S. work force? Will the fact that so many people feel the smart phone is an extension of themselves, affect the bottom line of all businesses?
Give me a minute.
Right this moment, as I type this post, 50% of the crew on this boat is staring into their iPhone. The problem is, it's not the 50% who are off watch.
Before we became so smart and had all the answers at our fingertips just a Google app away, workers who found they had some idle time during their shift, would kill time by "finding" something work related to do to pass the time, which was a plus for the employer. Correct me if I'm wrong, but today when a worker finds himself with some idle time during his work day, his phone appears from nowhere with the ease of Zorro drawing his sword.
Texting,surfing,emailing and Facebooking take up an extraordinary amount of time, that should be spent working.
I would think the cumulative affect of a workers shrinking attention span, must have a negative impact on the bottom line of a particular employer and that can't be good in the long run.
I don't know, maybe someone said the same thing when the rotary phone became popular.
***Disclaimer: The writings above could or could not be fiction.