Social relations were maintained with smart phones during the epidemic process


Turkey 27 years ago, being used in mobile phones and gradually become a part of daily life, a new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) plays an important role in maintaining social relationships weakened the epidemic process.

According to the information compiled from the data of the AA reporter’s online statistics portal Statista, it is estimated that there are 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world as of 2020. The number of smartphone users, which was 1.86 billion in 2015, increased by about 2 times in 5 years.

While smart phones, whose features have diversified with technological developments and increase their impact on social life, provide communication opportunities only through calls and text messages in the first process, today they provide a wide range of services from digital banking to video calls, from education services to online shopping.

Smartphones were also used extensively for various purposes in the Kovid-19 process. According to the study of a group of researchers from Baylor University in the USA, social relations, which were negatively affected during the epidemic due to social isolation, were maintained through smart phones.

Turkey, 13 countries have the most smart phone users

In the Kovid-19 process, the use of technological tools has also increased, along with home working and distance education applications. These tools include prominent smartphones, as well as all over the world and in Turkey are widely used in all areas of daily life. Turkey, Statista according to the 2019 data, which have the most smart phone users in the world’s 13th position in the country.

By the Ministry of Health; Hayat Eve Sığar (HES) mobile application, which was implemented to contribute to informing citizens about Kovid-19 and raising awareness about the importance of measures, was downloaded by 56 million 230 thousand people. With the application that acts as a “digital wall” against Kovid-19, a total of 106 million 372 thousand HES codes were produced.

These data, which were introduced 27 years ago, the use of mobile phones in Turkey, especially in everyday life and reveals that the epidemic is actively used in the process.

Average mobile talk time increased 55 percent with the epidemic

On the other hand, in the research conducted by the British media audit organization Ofcom, it was emphasized that the time spent with smartphones due to quarantine practices increased compared to before the epidemic. In the weeks before the restrictions began at the end of March last year, the average mobile talk time was about 3.40 minutes, after the restrictions, this time increased by 55.8 percent to about 5.30 minutes.

According to Deloitte’s research titled “Digital Usage and Kovid-19”, smartphones continue to stand out as “the most used daily device” despite the increase in technological device diversity.

One-third of users look at their phones more than 50 times a day. This rate rises to three-quarters among users aged 18-24, with 17 percent of users in this age bracket browsing their phones more than 200 times a day. Additionally, 87 percent of smartphone users check their phones within the first hour of waking up, while one third check their phones within the first 5 minutes.

Smart phones stand out as a device that is actively used for banking transactions and shopping as well as providing communication. While 62 percent of users regularly use their phones for digital banking, around half look at shopping apps and buy products.