Ways in which we use our smartphones for entertainment

Smartphones have come a long way since their release back in 1992. Nearly every person in the UK owns or at least has access to a smartphone, which means they have access to the internet and its unlimited content.

Phones were only used for making calls and sending texts until the smartphone was born. Since then, it has developed into a device that can do so many things at once including; streaming music, playing videos, downloading apps, sending money and playing games – the list is endless.

Online gaming

Online gaming has evolved so much in such a short space of time. Gaming online can include anything from huge virtual worlds where hundreds of players can interact with each other in countless ways, right through to a simple game of black jack.

The manner in which these games are played has changed drastically too with the rise in smartphone technology. In the past, players would have had their own console and played each other while in the same room. Using gaming apps nowadays, you can literally play online with anybody, at any time and anywhere using your smart phone.

So many sites let players use their smartphones as their own personal ‘pocket’ casino, allowing them to win real money by playing various casino games such as poker and slot machines. Due to the fact players can play against each other and earn real money, further adds to the social aspect for playing these sorts of games.

And for this reason, it became pretty common to find sites listing all the best mobile casinos for users to play at. This is great for those who are seeking the most enjoyment and the best payouts!

Now you know the  types of games available, maybe you will start to explore the endless possibilities online gaming has to offer!

Social Media

Social media has skyrocketed in sheer numbers over the past decade with the meteoric rise of sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They are the main players in the social media industry alongside the likes of YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Pinterest. With a world so connected, it’s impossible not to be affected by the social media craze in one way or another.

Now that nearly everyone has a smartphone at their disposal, this means you can stay connected to billions of people at any given time. There are advantages and disadvantages to being so connected. 

On one hand you can reach out to friends anytime of the day and see how they are, or you can meet new and interesting people at the touch of a button. On the other hand, we as humans are losing our vital skill of being able to communicate effectively face-to-face because we are doing it more behind a screen. Moderation is definitely key here.

Video streaming

It is said that 80% of all internet consumption will be video content by 2019. If this is even near true then it’s no wonder video streaming has been a major force in recent years.

Before the internet, most people would only watch video if they had a TV or went to the cinema. Now there are multiple streaming services dedicated to video content which allow users to get their fix whenever, wherever.

These multi-billion pound platforms allow users to watch virtually anything they want on demand.  With Netflix being the most well known of these companies there are now more platforms investing into video streaming including Amazon, Apple and Google, causing traditional businesses to collapse. 

A great example of this would be the the Irish DVD rental company Xtra-vision, which was liquidated in 2016 after more than 30 years of trading due to a huge fall in sales.

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