Unless you’re reading this on your phone… then carry on, phone soldier.
Back in September I was a different person. I looked up when people spoke to me. When things needed to be done I was on top of it. I had spare time. Then I got the Galaxy S3. Things have been a whirl wind since. I’m more popular, my food tastes better, my family is more attractive, and I make more money. At least that’s how I like to see myself.
The truth is that I spend countless minutes in my day checking my phone to see what that blinking light means, where that sound came from, checking my bank balance, messaging people, Tweeting, Facebooking, and checking myself in. The only thing I’m not doing is having a relationship… with anything except my phone. Fortunately, my baby can be muted and shoved under a note pad so that I don’t get too distracted.
I’m not alone though, so there’s that. A recently article in the DailyMail says that according to a study commissioned by Nokia, “In total, users check their smart phones an average of 150 times during a waking day of 16 hours, the research found. Even people who have less-sophisticated devices check their phones frequently, it was found. A person just using a phone with basic functions will rack up dozens of uses a day.” It’s a damn good thing carriers don’t charge you for looking.
Even their research shows that I was less of a phone junkie before I went all smart phone fanatic. So what the hell is everyone doing with their face in their phone all the time?
Twitter- Guilty. Not only do I have it open on my PC, but it’s going on my iPad and my phone as well. It’s not even enough to just have the app open on my phone, I also make Twitter send me alerts via text message when anything is happening.
Facebook- I have two Facebook accounts. I have one open on my phone and one open on my iPad. I also have my phone’s app push notifications.
Texting- All.The.Time. Sometimes I even text people in the office. Oddly, this phone is making me a bit of a mute.
KIK- Instant communication with photo sharing.
Viber- Phone calls to my Int’l peeps, yo!
Email- My work email arrives on my phone before it arrives on my PC. I didn’t plan it that way, but such is life.
Four Square- It’s important to become the Mayor of everything. I know it’s lame, but I do it anyway.
Internet- Because sometimes you just need to look something up super fast and you don’t want to type so you talk to the phone and it does it for you.
Tomi Ahonen, the man behind the analysis of this study and described by Forbes to be the shiz, claims people are also making phone calls on these wicked devices, though I rarely see that. ‘Avoid a call? Yes that we also do, we see whose calling, and decide not to talk, send the b****** to voicemail jail. That’s once a day.’ A man after my own heart.It’s not all good news though. Aside from being nasty germ carrying illness spreading monsters, according to Dr. James Roberts, this addiction is ruining our relationships. I’m not sure that’s true. I’ll ask the kids if I see them. You know what? That’s bullshit. I’m going to ask them right now. This is important. Texting them as we speak. I’d call, but they always send me to voicemail.