Technology has advanced so much that there’s a guarantee for a new update in phone applications and functions of phones every few months. With this in mind, most people go crazy spending tons of money on technology because they want to upgrade to the newer and better quality.

Technology is defined as the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science and pure science, according to dictionary.com

College students rely on technology for so many day-to-day operations, such as texting, calling, researching and typing papers. Individuals can easily pay bills online and check the weather. It allows students to collaborate with other students in their class online and to work effectively.

Goodcall.com, a website that places consumers in the forefront of research processes, wanted to determine if technology really made a difference in classrooms. They spoke to communication and technology experts such as Dr. David Bolman, who teaches at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. Bolman said smartphone apps allow informal groups of students to gather, share information, edit videos and mix complex digital media into a final, shareable product.

Freshman communication studies major Jayvaan Cox said technology has enhanced life for everybody, including himself.

“It gets me where I need to go, and it helps with everything and makes everything easy,” he said.

Daynisha Valencio, a freshman psychology major at PSUC, said technology has impacted her life in a way, where she can connect with her friends and family.

“It makes it a lot easier for me to converse with others and do my assignments,” she said.

The growth of technology and advances in devices has created competition between many technology companies. The most famous ones are Apple and Samsung. iPhone users believe their device is better whereas Samsung Galaxy users also believe that their devices are better.

One must consider appearance, quality, apps, music, hardware, technical support and battery life when faced with which choice to make, according to lifewire.com. Lifewire.com is a website that teaches individuals how to best use their screens and gadgets. It provides straightforward, practical advice to help people live better with technology.

Cox said although he owns an Android, he is team iPhone. He said Apple gives it’s users more group connectivity such as iMessage and FaceTime.

Valencio said she is team Android because she finds iPhones a lot harder to use.

Recent research shows that people who have iPhones tend to become more careless with the phones they already own when a new model is available, according to New York Times.

Cox said he is less cautious when there is a new technology because he has an Android, and as new phones come out, it makes him want them even more.

“I don’t care as much about it,” he said “I’m not going to have the same feeling about it when it falls.”

Valencio said if she knows a new phone is coming out, she isn’t less or more cautious with her current phone.

“I don’t really like new phones like that,” she said. “I just stick to what I have.”

She said when her phones breaks or goes bad on its own, that’s when she asks for a new phone.

PSUC associate professor in the computer science department, Kevin W. McCullen said he is surprised that people would damage their phones in order to get a new one because now companies include the phone payments in that person’s bill. He said an iPhone cost about the same as a laptop, so it’s interesting that people’s behaviors towards laptops are different.

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