Smartphone & Social Media: A Solution to Combat Homelessness | TEDxSyracuseUniversity

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Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. 80% of those say it’s the first thing they do in the morning. 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night. 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without. 56% of children, age 8 to 12, have a cellphone.

Mobile technology has become a way of life, yet when the general public sees a homeless person with a cell phone or a laptop, they freak out. The very tools we all take for granted can help people experiencing homelessness better their lives and get out of homelessness.


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