This is a different type of post for me, but I figured it was on my mind, so why not? I just read this article about a man who wrote about his experience with giving up his smartphone for a week. Knowing how obsessed I am with my phone, I found it very interesting to read about someone else’s addiction to gadgets. My phone is like another limb—always attached to me and almost necessary to get through a normal day. How bizarre does that sound? Because it felt crazy writing it.
On any given day, I use my phone to:
- wake up (Iphone alarm tune “ripples” is pretty awesome to wake up to)
- check the weather
- listen to music on Spotify
- check personal & work email
- check facebook, instagram, twitter, and snapchat for social media bits
- take pictures
- use Waze as my GPS getting around town
- read reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon
- fetch the news from Zite
- track my fitness activities with Fitbit
- read blogs on Feedly
- pay for meals with LevelUp
- hail cabs with Uber / check subway schedules with Embark Boston
- read on Oyster
- TEXT TEXT TEXT
- oh, and, sometimes make phone calls, the REAL reason we all have phones
That list is ridiculous and it barely scratches the surface of the apps I have. Let’s not forget about ESPN, Shazam, photo editors, and all my local restaurant reward programs. UGH! Sometimes I attribute my phone to anxiety and mental fog…
And selfies…oh selfies. For the most part they make my eyes roll, but sometimes they’re necessary for capturing funny moments when you’ve accidentally tucked your shirt a little too far into your shorts. #dingdong #excusemattsmessyapartment
Times I’m not on my phone? Family dinners (for the most part), first dates, serious chats w/ friends, on an airplane, or when I’m asleep. I won’t even go for a run without the thing, because, well music, GPS, and safety…of course. Is this too much? Or is this typical for my generation?
Sometimes it’s funny, like when my roommate and I are texting each other brunch plans from the other room because getting up or yelling would be too much effort. I also had to laugh on Sunday when Bianca and I met for brunch we spent a solid 2-3 minutes snapping our plates just to instagram and tweet them to the universe. We joked about how we bloggers “understand each other” and “don’t mind eating cold food bc the picture is worth it.” But honestly, who doesn’t do that?
Would I ever give up my phone for a week? That’s a big fat NOPE. Do I feel a twinge of anxiety when I lose service on the subway or I’m on a call and can’t check my updates? Yup. Do I sometimes feel huge relief when I am out with someone that I’m more excited to be with than feel the need to constantly check my phone? Yup yup!
Discuss. How addicted to your phone are you? How long could/would you give it up for? And heck, while we’re at it, let’s talk about your new favorite app bc you know I’m going to immediately pick up my phone and download it once you tell me. 😉