Recently, I spent a week without my iPhone. Or any phone at all. It was kind of like losing a small body part. Perhaps a finger. I coped, but it was annoying.
After five days, I went out to the mall and bought myself a $39 cheapie, an LG that weighed practically nothing with chunky buttons and did nothing, basically, apart from text, call, play radio and do calculations. I didn’t know quite what to do with it. So I didn’t do anything at all. It was an epic chore just to figure out how to turn off the keypad tones. I resorted to the occasional text speak because typing was so tedious. Everything about it was hideous and horrendous. But at least I was contactable. (I believe a cellphone is a necessity for most people today. I use mine to contact T when I don’t know where he is; when I need a ride in a relative emergency; for work; to keep in touch with friends who aren’t big on social media, and of course, all the other things that web access on a phone enables.)
Here’s what I use my iPhone for in a normal day:
- The alarm wakes me up
- I sneak it under the covers and read the day’s news
- I check my social networks, including work accounts if feeling diligent
- I receive news alerts direct to my phone
- I do a spot of social networking while waiting for my computer to unfreeze
- I receive Twitter alerts – monitoring my work account and my two personal accounts
- I read blogs over lunch
- I make myself notes in the Reminders app
- I use Google Maps and remote email if I’m leaving the office during the day
- I make notes in Evernote if, while walking to and from home, I come up with ideas for either my blog or work (which is often)
- I add items to our grocery shopping list in my Pak n Save app
- I occasionally listen to music or podcasts (rarely – I’m terrible at focusing when it’s solely audio. My mind wanders like crazy)
Hence why I would never make it on Survivor or those dreadful reality shows where families live like they’re back in the 1800s.
Are you a smartphone addict? What do you rely on your phone for?