NFC is seen as ‘the’ next generation feature of the moment for mobile devices and it is possible that it will take off. Besides being able to share information easily with other users, you will be able to pay for goods without needing to input a credit card into a scanner. Simply wave your phone, or just have it on your person, and you can pay for things. How good is that?
Well, it’s a nice novelty, but is it really an amazing leap forward for mankind? How long does it take to put a card in a machine and pay for something? No time at all and it has the added benefit of at least making you feel as though you have bought something. When cash became a thing of the past for most purchases, those purchases stopped feeling real and NFC could take the reality even further away from the buyer.
There is a danger that making buying products too easy will cause people to buy products when they cannot afford them in even greater numbers than now. Progress will always be important, but just maybe some brakes are needed at times to fully understand the consequences.