Has anyone noticed that many travelers have smartphones and tablets now? I see them everywhere.
I think smartphones will eventually replace laptops as the distraction of choice for people in hostel common areas. :)
From the traveler's perspective, why bother with a laptop when all of those things are easy to do on a smartphone:
- Facebook and social media
- Maps, GPS directions
- Photos -- smartphone have cameras with instant sharing
- Travel research -- there are apps for this
- Looking up information
- Finding things to do -- just push a button and the phone recommends businesses and attractions nearby
All the phones have wireless Internet now, and it's less difficult to get overseas data plans than it was a few years ago...