Did you know that the average person looks at their phone
150 times a day? Whether it’s to make a phone call, check their e-mails, or send a text, we are always somehow connected.
But, this wasn’t always the case…

A Brief History of the Cell Phone

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first portable hand-held
cellular phone. It was released on September 21, 1983 and cost about $3,995. It required 10 full hours of charging, and only provided 30 minutes of talk time. There was no screen and no such thing as texting or internet browsing. Most people today can’t even survive without checking their cell phones every
10 minutes; imagine it only lasting 30 minutes! LOL, as they say.

The Nokia 3210 came out 16 long years later, in 1999, and it was the first cell phone that enabled users to send text messages to each other. A couple of years after that, the first camera phone was released: Sanyo SCP-5300. It cost $400, and the quality resembled a fuzzy monitor screen during a blackout. Back then, no one thought about taking pictures of their meals to post on Instagram or Facebook; the camera was solely for the purpose of caller ID and to create a background image for your screen.

It wasn’t until June 29, 2007 that the whole cell phone game changed, and all previous cellphone models were stuffed in plastic bags and put on shelves. This was when Apple released the first iPhone. It was like nothing anyone had ever seen before – a phone that was all touch screen, had these weird boxes called “apps,” was able to connect to Wi-Fi and access the internet, and had a built-in GPS.

Overcoming the Fear of Change

Many people today still have flip phones, either because they fear change, or because they feel threatened by the potential dangers that come along with advanced technology.

Although many people do not need all the bells and whistles that the iPhone offers, and want to simply call or text, technology continues to advance and will soon render the older model
phones obsolete.

Smartphones have become a valuable asset to the traveling businessman. One can schedule appointments, send photos of samples to buyers, locate kosher restaurants and minyanim, and find out the weather in another country, all with the press of a button.

For the regular layman, a smartphone can also be used as an important tool throughout everyday life. For instance, let’s say one needs to drive into New York City for a doctor’s appointment, and he doesn’t know where the office is located. Before the iPhone came out, one would go on the computer the night before, print out the directions and rummage through the papers while driving. Now, one is able to use an app such as Waze or Google Maps. You just type in the address, and with the push of the start button, the phone will automatically provide turn-by-turn directions. The iPhone has replaced the paper maps and the printouts from MapQuest. Everything you need to know can be obtained on this one device.

Proceed with Caution

Of course, just as with any powerful tool, appropriate safety precautions must be put in place before operating your smartphone. Internet filtering is a must, as well as security codes and content controls. There are many powerful internet filtering devices designed especially for the iPhone that are strongly recommended for users of all ages.

When used properly, the advancement of technology allows people to accomplish tasks faster and more effectively, which in turn  allows more time for the truly important things in life – like spending quality time with one’s family and friends and pursuing enjoyable hobbies and pastimes. By learning to use technology the right way, it can make our lives more efficient and convenient, and help us to achieve all our goals.

Marjorie Sasson earned her Marketing and Communication Degree in 2014 and is an Account Coordinator at Freestyle Marketing. Additionally, Marjorie is the owner of SassyMTech, the company that teaches the basics of the iPhone. For more information about SassyMTech, please contact Marjorie