When cellphones were first invented, their sole purpose was to be able to communicate synchronously with another person in a mobile setting. Today, one can simply unlock their cellphone and be granted access into a new and innovative technological universe that is able to complete just about any task at hand. With features such as text to talk, GPS navigation and FaceTime cellphones have evolved tremendously when comparing today's smartphones with cellphones that were introduced in the 80's and 90's.
According to Automotive News, in 2013, 47 percent of car owners stated that using a navigation app is more preferable to any other navigation system. This statistic shows a large increase from 2012, where only 37 percent of drivers chose the usage of a navigation app over other methods.
Convergence of various sources of digital media has created a virtual smartphone revolution. The rise of new and innovative cellphone features has changed the way that media is implemented into our society. But, with this comes the need to alter our own lifestyles to mirror that of the technological products that have started to dictate that way in which we go about our day-to-day lives. As for me, if I was given the choice of using a paper map or a navigation app, I would choose my smartphone, hands down.