It's no secret smart phones are the prime mobile devices used.
With 53 percent of college students using smart phones, young users havea plethora of apps ranging from study help to social networking.
One of today’s most popular apps is SnapChat, which allows people to instantaneously send pictures to their friends that will delete after a set amount of seconds.
“The main reason I like it is that when I studied abroad, I made a lot of friends who live abroad, and it lets me communicate with them pretty easily,” said Honna Miller, senior majoring in honors philosophy and political science.
In addition to pictures, SnapChat also allows a video component that lets users record short clips to send to friends.
“The fact that we can pretty much instantaneously send each other videos and pictures is what makes it so cool to me,” Miller said.
Apps for social media are just as popular for times when people are not near their computers.
“I'm a pretty active tweeter,” Miller said. “So I definitely use my Twitter app a lot, but I don't know if I would say that it's a favorite or anything, as I mostly just use it out of necessity.”
“I like Twitter and GroupMe,” said Anitra Selmon, senior majoring in sociology. “I also like the ZipCar app. It’s pretty simple and super convenient. If I want to rent one of the Zip Cars I can in a minute.”
There are also apps that pertain to dating and relationships. Tinder allows users to rate fellow members as ‘hot or not’ and if the same users both rate each other positively, they can communicate through the app.
Lulu allows female members to anonymously rate the males in their Facebook circle. Both are increasingly popular, albeit controversial, according to Miller.
“I definitely think they're super sleazy, to say the least,” said Miller. “I think programs that give people the ability to rate other people the same way you rate a movie or an album are way out of line and only reflect the seemingly intense superficiality that seems so mainstream nowadays.”
While apps are mainly known for their ability to keep people entertained on the go, they can also be helpful when it comes to studying.
“I've been using StudyBlue to host my notes and compare my notes and study guide to other students’ since I started UT,” said Miller. “They also have a pretty nice flashcard maker. It's definitely more convenient than traditional flashcards, because all I have to do to study is take out my phone.”
Colleges, including UT have created their own app. The new Tennessee app has everything a UT student needs right at the click of the button.
“I would recommend the UT app [to incoming freshmen],” said Selmon. “It has maps, game schedules, academic resources and info about the T. Those are things I wish I had when I first came here, especially the map.”