Jang, Su-jeong, So, Yi-hyeon 기자2016.06.18 17:01:24
The smartphone has changed everything. It started as a technological advance and has become a necessity for our everyday lives as a way of communication. We can get access to wireless internet and use a variety of applications on it. It is so convenient that we rely on it too much sometimes. What if you got rid of your smartphone for one day?
Im, Tae-gyu/ Dept. Architectural Engineering / Sophomore
I use my smartphone to get news from my friends, do my homework, and prepare for my next courses. I can use computers only in a library and lecture rooms, but with a smartphone, I can see class materials anywhere and anytime. However, when I do not want to receive messages from a group chat, it can be bothersome. In addition, it helps us to talk with friends anytime and anywhere, but we do not tend to meet in person. As the number of people who own smartphones increases, many messenger applications are being created. I think this circumstance has made us text more and talk less.
Kim, Yun-mi / Dept. French Language and Literature/ Freshman
I use KakaoTalk and look at Facebook on my smartphone. It is convenient to contact many people at once. If I could not use my smartphone, I would feel uncomfortable because I would be unable to keep in touch with my friends. Before I bought my smartphone, I used my phone less. However, since I had it, I have spent my free time doing things with it. I think I am a little bit hooked on my smartphone. However, I do not think it is a bad habit, so I will continue using it often.
Suneel Kumar Kommuri / India / School of Electronics Engineering / Graduate student
My life has become very dependent on my smartphone. I cannot leave my home without it, and if I forget to bring it with me, I feel as if I have left some important thing at home. If I lost it, I would immediately buy another because I really need it in my daily life. I lost my smartphone last year near the soccer ground at Kyungpook National University. I searched the campus and was continuously calling my phone for a whole day in order to find it. Fortunately, a woman contacted me and gave it back to me. At that time, I could do nothing but call the woman to get my phone back. I think I am addicted to my smartphone. I usually play games with my smartphone for 1 to 2 hours a day. Besides that, I check my email, see some news, use Facebook and call my home in India frequently with it.
Kim, Ye-seo / Dept. History Education / Sophomore
If I did not have a smart phone, I would be very uncomfortable , just as many others would. I use general functions to contact people, and Social Network Servieces such as Facebook and KakaoTalk. Moreover, it can be used as a camera and a music player. Sometimes When I am so tired because of a big event, I get upset about my phone ringing while I am sleeping. Nevertheless, it is still important to me, so I always try not to lose it. I did not use electronic devices that much before the appearance of the smartphone, but I cannot help using my phone now. If I did not have it, I would do my favorite activities such as reading books or making crafts. Although there are a lot of applications to control the time needed to use smartphones, it still has limitations. It cannot fix the essential problems, and puts more stress on the user instead.
Will Robertson / UK / Dept. Business Administration / Senior
I usually send messages to people with my smartphone. If I lost it, it would be a lonely day because I could contact others. At the same time, if I did not have a smartphone, I would spend more time outside and meet people face to face. That is the reason why it is important to pay attention so that I do not lose it and that it is fully charged. I have had my smartphone, since I was 12 years old. It made my life more convenient. However, I do not think that I am addicted. I just use the functions and can live a more smart life. Using the smartphone smartly is up to the user.
Neva Kumer / Slovenia / Dept. Business Administration / Senior
Smartphones sometimes make people become antisocial. For instance, we just text each other, even though we are under the same roof. Therefore, if I do not have my phone, there would be more personal interactions such as talking more with people. I use it mainly for SNS, e-book and calendar. It has various, different functions and makes my life really comfortable. Moreover, contacting people through SNS using Wi-Fi is more economical than using Multimedia Messaging Service MMS) which needs more money. However, I do not think that I am addicted because when I want to be alone, I just ignore my phone. Not using it for few hours does not damage the relationships. For example, “Oh, there was no Wi-Fi.”, or “Sorry, it had no battery.” can be understandable excuses. If someone wastes his time using his smart phone, it is not because of the smartphone. Even if he did not have it, he would still waste his time doing other meaningless things. It is a matter of the person who uses the smartphone, not the smartphone itself.
 KakaoTalk is a free mobile instant messaging application for smartphones.
The KNU Times