Am I Addicted To My Smartphone…
It has happened again. My phone is refusing to cooperate. The screen just goes black and I cannot see what I am doing. The frustrating thing is that behind the black screen the phone is working. Then it all goes away and it is working properly for a couple of hours.
I wasn’t aware how much I depended on the phone until it started having problems. I write my blog post drafts, post on social media, do research on it. I also look up recipes and tips on solving everyday problems, find instructions for homemade baby-safe toys and games, chat with friends, check social media…
…Or Just Dependent?
I got my first cellphone when I started college. For those of you who remember, it was a Nokia 3210. It was a technological marvel. I could make phone calls, send SMS messages, use a calculator and play the snake game. And that was more then I could ever want. I no longer had to use phone booths to call when I was running late. Ah… Those were the grand old times. In every street car there was someone deliberately talking a bit too loud on their new cellphone just so everyone could see they had one.
Now I am basically online 24/7 and almost addicted to instant information. If I have a question I have to look up the answer as soon as possible otherwise it gnaws on me. I have to know and I have to know right away. OK, I might be exaggerating a little bit.
This is the situation. It is difficult to get anything done on the computer with the toddler jumping up and down and pressing random keys. He can play quietly by himself as long as I am not doing anything. As soon as try to get any work done he is there pulling at my trouser leg wanting in on the action. I must be doing something fascinating (like washing the dishes) if I’m no longer watching commercials on TV.
I do almost everything on my phone
With my smartphone at hand I can sneak in a sentence or two of a blog post I am working on, or an email, look up a recipe or a solution to a problem. I can surf, pin, share, post and schedule. And all this under the radar. I can answer a message from a friend, take a photo of little Pea playing and send it to my husband. I can chat with my husband, see how he’s doing, let him know if he needs to stop by a store on his way home.
I just recently synced my phone with online accounts. This was one smartphone ago when I lost about 100 family pictures and some phone numbers. You learn from things like this and now as soon I take a picture, make a change in the calendar, add a new contact or draft a blog post it is uploaded and I can access it from anywhere. This means that now that the phone has started acting up again all is not lost. I have everything online. Everything except the time to use my notebook.
Smatrphone = Dentures ?!?
The phone is my life line and it not working is making my life difficult and making me miss the deadlines. I no longer know how to function without it. Not having a working smartphone is like not having working teeth or dentures. I can eat, but I bit off more than I can chew.
Before I wrap this up I have an update on the smartphone situation. It has been on its best behavior for the last 24 hours. This happened just around the time I started looking at new phones. Coincidence? I just hope it keeps working, setting up a new phone just right is such a hassle.
What do you think? Am I addicted to my smartphone or just dependent?