It’s true that everyone needs access to their smartphone in today’s day and age, but it’s even more true that students need their smartphones almost as much as they need oxygen. This little device is never more than a metre away, in use every waking hour of the day. People between the ages of 18 and 24 check their phones 74 times a day, every single day. Phones today are so capable, and so powerful, but their batteries are just not keeping up.
Students come from far and wide to go to their uni or tafe classes, sometimes commuting for several hours a day. A common school of thought is that every 18-24 year old on the bus staring at their phones is browsing social media, but students also use their phones to keep themselves up-to-date regarding timetable changes, message group assignment members, and even read over lecture notes.
An obvious solution is to bring a charger to uni, but this is so easily forgettable, that only about 3% of people ever leave home with their charger. So, the easiest solution is to place a Riley Chargebar on the wall of a university library. Students suffering from acute nomophobia (a fear of not having access to a phone) always love this service, quickly topping up their phone for the rest of the day.
Dozens of universities across Australia are already embracing a Chargebar as a necessary service for their students and staff. Keeping students connected is seen as a requirement for modern universities, and as smartphone technology develops, this will only become more compulsory.