Here's a question for you: How many times have you attended a seminar and not played with your mobile? Let's be honest – today, most students and even PIs in the audience play with their mobile while in a seminar, whether for checking email, the weather, or the news. The above comic by phdcomics.com might depict only Prof. Smith tapping away (back in the early days of touchscreen smartphones) yet five years later things have changed considerably. Now, most attendees are tapping through their smartphones. Some draw notes and take snapshots of the slides, some read the latest articles through their 5'' screen, some will play (because they don’t have anything better to do), while some will try to understand how to master their brand new smartphone features.
How have smartphones changed your research and academic routines?