This xkcd comic sums up the anti-app rant post I was trying to write earlier:
Although I got my current job because I am a young person who understands technology, I am secretly a little old lady who still uses a web browser on an actual laptop for most of my internet needs. I like being able to read lots of text before clicking the page down button. I like seeing the whole picture – not figuratively speaking: I literally like not having to scroll to view an image. I like, no, need tabbed browsing. When did people start thinking that each website needs its own programme and that all of these programmes work best on a phone?
For navigating a city, lighting up the inside of a closet and waking up in the morning, I use apps. But when I want information presented to me through text and/or images, I don’t generally need a specialized programme. And although I know that mobile traffic and mobile-optimized content is the near-future, I still view e-mail and internet browsing on my phone as a temporary replacement, a tool for getting me through the times when I’m not near my computer.
Apps can replace physical objects like maps, flashlights and alarm clocks. But there is no need to replace one all-purpose web-navigating system with a myriad of different disconnected apps. There already is an app for web browsing – a web browser. I think the worst thing is when companies think it’s better to make an app than to keep their actual website up to date and functioning – on both computer browsers and mobile browsers.
I know people who proudly tell me they have deleted the Facebook app from their phone, so that they are not compulsively checking it when they should be working. I always want to say something along the lines of “Good thing Facebook isn’t a website that works in a browser. Which by the way is a programme currently running on the machine you work on.”
For Norwegian readers: NRK Beta suggests that apps are suggested as solutions to way too many problems.