For home users, yes I think probably they will. If I didn’t work on a computer for a living, most of my internet usage would probably be via a tablet as it’s much more convenient. They’ll likely continue to be used in business environments for a while yet, although you never know what’s just around the corner.
Not just smart-phone based - there’s going to be an increasing diversity of devices accessing the web, all with different displays and capabilities: smart watches, TVs, in-car entertainment systems, video game consoles, kitchen appliances. Unless you’re designing for a corporate environment, you can’t really make many assumptions about how people will be using the sites you create.
People do still like big screens, many people have them at home. They just struggle getting a 60" screen in their handbag or pocket.
Technology has been progressing forever, now is just a small chapter of a story millions of years old.
How would any generation cope without the things they grew up with and take for granted. Imagine being without electricity, running water, motor vehicles, going back further, industry, agriculture, the wheel, buildings as opposed to caves, fire…
There were past generations that went without all this and got by, as they didn’t know any different. Now we have them, take them for all granted and wouldn’t have it any other way.
People in the future may look back at us and think: How did they live like that? Without XYZ futuristic thing. Every generation throughout time lived in the modern age from their own perspective. What they had then was cutting edge.
2 and 3 column designs are still possible as part of a responsive design. There is no reason that your desktop view of a site should look any different regardless of whether it is responsive or not.
You can keep exactly the same design and layout in a responsive design. How it works is that the changes occur only on the smaller screens when the big design no longer works. (if you take the desktop first approach, which is probably most appropriate for you)
The sooner you lean RWD and start to understand it, the sooner you will stop flapping about it, then wonder why you were getting so wound up.
The best thing you can do is find some learning resources (lots on-line), then open your editor and get coding. When you get stuck, just ask.
Being able to function without technology is an advantage only if the zombie apocalypse happens.
Until then, we probably have the advantage over you. In your day, you may have brought a magazine with you into the bathroom. Today, I can bring my entire library. In your day, you may have needed to pull your car over to open a gargantuan sized map. Today, I simply speak, “Directions to Yellow Stone.” In your day, kids may have passed notes or talked for hours on the phone. Today, they send texts. Lots and lots of texts.
It’s all the same stuff, just much more convenient.
Are we talking about immigrants or something? I’ve never once encountered a native English speaker who couldn’t pronounce dollars and cents. That sounds bizarre.
It’s true that America is falling behind in education, and it’s also true that smartphone usage is increasing. You seem to have decided that one is the cause of the other, but all you’ve actually found is a correlation, not a causation. The real reasons why we’ve fallen behind in education are much more varied and complex.
By the way, people in countries doing best in education use smartphones too. I did a quick search on Finland, for example, and (assuming these numbers are accurate) they have 4.7 million mobile phone users out of a population of 5.4 million, yet their education is excellent. I think it’s safe to say smartphones aren’t the problem.
Are you seriously trying to say noone knows how to function without an electronic device in their hands? They can’t do anything? They can’t figure out what to eat for lunch? They can’t clean their rooms? Shower?
I don’t even know how to argue with you Tony Mikey. This is ridiculous. I’m baffled at this logic.
I got Ds and some Es in high school. Maybe a C/B/A but I graduated with a VERY low 2 GPA. I was a moron compared to everyone. That’s why I find it ridiculous because you even think I"m smart when in fact I’m almost the stupidest of my generation! That’s why this is hilarious!
I went to community college for 4 years, only graduated with a AA in Criminal Justice (granted it took 4 years due to working full time) and only graduated with a VERY low 2 GPA. Very close to not even graduating with that.
So how can you call me smart, while I was almost the stupidest of my entire state county?
I finally watched the video from my OP and have to say that it was lame. I understand what he was trying to say, but the way he organized his presentation and talking points was poorly done. I give him a C. (Ironically, the dude probably make $200k per year!)
In the end, I look forward to learning RWD, but I still think viewing websites on a computer/laptop is way better than on mobile devices. Oh well, to each his/her own!