Sunday, November 17, 2013

Addiction to smartphone test...

So which ones apply to you…sadly, I had to admit to: 
#9 (I have 30 even, but one of them is the Bible reading program I use daily…so that's fine right? Not to mention my phone won't let me delete newsstand ;
#8 (I have an alarm set for watering the plants people…and changing my monthly contact lenses) 
#5 maybe, but mostly I just use it until it dies in my hand with a sputter
#1 it's supposed to be the worst offender…but I play pandora while taking a hot bath sometimes and don't feel one bit bad about that ;)

I feel proud about not listing #2-but this one annoys my Luke darling more than an addiction to the device because I'm hard to reach too often :)

10. You’ve spent more on accessories than on your phone.
It started out with something harmless like a car charger, but then you stepped up to the car FM transmitter, armband, a different case for each day of the week, spare batteries, screen protectors, a stereo Bluetooth adapter, wireless speakerphone, and even a dock powered by tube amps. You realize that it’s just a phone, not a kid, right? And that none of it will work when you inevitably upgrade to the next version six months from now?

9. You have 30 different apps installed. And use them all.
We’ve all gone through app-installing binges where we’ve installed some questionable stuff on our cell phones. Two weeks later, we either figure out it’s garbage and delete it, or leave it to stagnate. But those of you still checking on your digital iPhorest trees, using car locater to find your Camry down the block every morning, and thumbing through digital copies of the U.S. Constitution during heated political debates are the real nuts.

8. You have alarms telling you when to do everything in your life.
Business meetings, doctor’s appointments, and group meetups. All valid events to put in your phone. Have an alarm for putting out the trash on Wednesday night? You’re in way too deep, buddy. When you need your phone to prod you through every step of the day, it might as well be your respirator or dialysis machine.

7. You read about your phone on your phone.

Not content to dream about your phone, fondle it in your pocket all day long, and relish every chance to use it, you actually invest time in finding out more about it, while using it. You read through the latest TUAW posts on your iPhone, or threads on the Crackberry forums from your Bold. Your phone is no longer a means to an end, it is the end.

6. You’ve cut back on necessities to afford your $100 a month cell phone bill.

OK, lunch is pretty important. But $5 a day adds up to like $150 a month, and that can totally pay your phone bill if you just switch to Jell-O and ramen noodles for a while. Or maybe you could just start hopping the turnstile instead of paying for a subway pass. Or move to a cheaper apartment. Or carry a balance on that credit card…

Does this logic sound familiar?

5. A full battery charge barely lasts the day.

After brushing your teeth and washing your face, your last ritual before bed is plugging in that smartphone. Because if you don’t, there’s no way that sucker’s lasting another full day after the workout you gave it today. We’ll admit that the battery life on some modern smartphones is pretty dismal, but if you’re downing a full charge day after day, you might need to lay off the juice.

4. You broke it, and it feels like you lost a friend.

In a moment of clumsiness, you went to remove it from your pocket for the 37th time in the last hour, slipped, and sent it pinwheeling toward pavement, where it landed with a sickening crack. Or, in a moment of carelessness, you let it slip out of your pocket on the train, waiting to be snatched up by some hawkeyed bum. Even worse, in a less-than-sober moment, you dropped it into a fountain (which is not a urinal, by the way). Whatever the circumstances, you can’t stop replaying the event in your mind, running over its irreplaceable digital contents in your mind, and kicking yourself for letting it happen. Maybe you even have dreams about a reunion with your long-lost friend. Er, phone. When the symptoms start to border post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s time to move on.

3. When you meet people with the same phone, you can only talk about the phone.
“You have an iPhone too? Oh awesome, have you tried the PDXBus app yet? Yea, this case is pretty cool, but I’m getting this metallic one soon that’s even slimmer.”

If this sounds at all like a conversation you might have upon meeting someone with the same smartphone, you should reconsider your smartphone addiction and your social life.

2. You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket (or grope to the bottom of your purse) and it’s gone.

We’re not talking about a lost phone here, just realizing you left it at home. And feeling the skipped heartbeat of sheer terror.
“What if people try to call me?”

“What if I can’t find the nearest Starbucks without asking someone?”

“What will my Twitter followers think?”

Take a deep breath before you need an iDefibrillator app and forge on without your faithful digital assistant. Life will be OK.

1. You use it in the bathroom.

This is just wrong. But not for hygienic reasons as you all suspect. If you’re using your smartphone on the can, you’ve just robbed yourself of your last refuge from interruption. You’ve tainted mankind’s last fortress of solitude by draggeing the entire equivalent of a computer into the equation. Can’t you live five minutes without e-mail? Really?

2 comments:

J and A said...

Haha... I'm guilty of #1 and #2. #1 may be the only time in the day I don't feel guilty for texting in front of my children instead of taking care of their needs. And #2... well, it's usually sheer panic ("Oh no, not again, this time Joel's gonna kill or divorce me for sure!") because I think I've left it somewhere in a store after using it for a shopping list. I've left it behind a few too many times... :)

Using your alarm as a reminder is a good idea, but I'd not only have alarms for watering the plants and doing the laundry, but for getting dressed, taking a shower and eating lunch ;) I think Joel wishes I'd be more addicted to my phone though (I don't have a single app downloaded), or at least the Google calendar, so we could "sync" them and he wouldn't be forced to physically write them on the kitchen refrigerator one!

L, Ann and boys said...

Amber-thanks for the laugh…;) I'm the dork with the phone in my pocket if I bring it for a list so I don't misplace it… ;) It's a real fashion icon, that rectangle shape in the pocket, yes it is. haahaa :)

and the alarms for common things isn't a good idea…because you start to ignore the chimes…don't ask me how I know that. "boys practice piano" anyone three times a day ;P