With much discussion on the negative influence of smartphones on social life, the recent report conducted in the UK reveals the opposite. In attempts to find out the reasons for vandalism rates falling, the study unveiled a strong negative correlation between smartphone sales and sabotage rates. Often accused for killing conversations, isolating the young people from the society and causing addiction, smartphones, with all their glory, do have influences the social life positively as well.

A report at BBC  reads: 

“Vandalism began to fall sharply in 2006/07 - about the same time as smartphone sales began to take off in the UK.”
With teenagers sending 200 texts or instant messages in a week (almost four times as many as five years earlier), less time is left for boredom. And the boredom itself is strongly and positively correlated with vandalism rates.

Development of video gaming industry on smartphones has also played an important role in changing lifestyles - the average 11- to 14-year-old spends 13 hours a week playing computer games, increasingly on their smartphones, GameTrak figures show. If true, this would not leave a great deal of time for hanging out on a bus stop. With a lot of things to keep them occupied, teenagers, who represent a major percentage of vandals, don’t need to be bored any more.

On the other hand, graffiti is no longer the only means love or hate-filled teenagers had to use to express their feelings and let the world know about their passions. With Twitter and Facebook in their smartphones, people see vandalism as an increasingly pointless activity. No one would ever write her opinion on a classroom wall, when there’s a Facebook wall for expressing what’s on one’s mind, and once posted, no one is able to remove it.

To sum up, the decrease in vandalism is likely due to a number of causes, but the combination of cheap smartphones, with great games, social networking and instant messaging seems to be the strongest one preventing their owners from ruthless destruction or spoiling of anything beautiful or venerable.