Think your love for your phone may be more than a slight affinity for texting? Here are the top ten signs you’re addicted to your smartphone:
Kim: I am guilty of many on here but maybe not to that extent!!
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,… You do realize that none of it will work when you inevitably upgrade to the next version six months from now, right?
Kim: Mmmm a little guilty…
9. You have 30 different apps installed. And use them all.
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.
Kim: Ok… I don’t have one for garbage day… does TV shows count?!
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.
Kim: Woohoo! Not guilty!
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 move to a cheaper apartment. Or carry a balance on that credit card…
Does this logic sound familiar?
Kim: Nope! Not my case!
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.
Kim: I charge it overnight even if the battery is not dead….
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 less-than-sober moment, you dropped it into a fountain! 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.
Kim: I did cry… but no post-traumatic stress!
“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.
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.
Kim: Made forgetting my phone at home an on-air topic… Totally guilty here!
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?
Kim: It’s like reading a magazine, no?! OOPS!!! I wonder how many of these you need to be considered an addict!!! I’m definitely borderline!!