I will be the first to admit that I’m addicted to my iPhone. I use my phone for tons of things; texting, internet, games, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, news updates, calendar and oh yeah talking. One day my boyfriend and I were talking about plans and he asked me to wake him up at a certain time. I said ok fully planning on texting him and he said, “Don’t text me. Use the talking part of your phone.” I hardly ever actually call people with my phone anymore. I almost always send a text message. I know I’m not the only one who does this though. Doctors have coined the term ‘texting thumbs’ from people complaining of hand pain caused by over using their thumbs to text. Now that’s just sad, I’m not that bad.
Usually one of the first things I do in the morning is check my email and Facebook from my phone. It seems like a day doesn’t go by without Google searching for something. I wonder if that plant can grow in Evansville, Google it. What’s the distance from the Earth to the sun, (93 Million miles) Google it. When is the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on, Google it. It’s funny how different my life is because of what my phone can do. I remember when they first came out and only rich people had one. Now if you don’t have a cell phone you’re the weird one. If you’re supposed to be able to reach someone on their phone and they don’t answer or text back you assume the worst. They must have been kidnapped or have a car wreck or else they would answer. Some people take the whole phone answering to an extreme though. When I was working at the insurance company I was returning a call to a customer and she answered and everything seems normal until she asked me to hold for a second. She then explained that she was in shower and need to dry off. Seriously why would you answer the phone if you are in the shower? Another customer was going to the bathroom and then brushing their teeth. Again, seriously?
2012 is a great time to be living in with technology always advancing. I’m thankful to have the nice gadget that I do have. This wasn’t always the case though. I made myself feel old when I was out running errands with my sister, niece, and nephew. We had just finished shopping at Target and were heading over to the next store which is about two minutes away. My nephew asked my sister if he could play on her iPhone and she said no. He was so upset and mad. He couldn’t believe that she expected him to sit and do nothing for a few minutes. He was getting ready to whine when I said to him, “Did you know that when your Mom and I were kids there was no such thing as a cell phone?” No, he quickly replied. “No DS or DVD player. We had to entertain ourselves. We had to use our imaginations.” Without any hesitation he said, “You must have had a boring life.” In his mind the games my siblings and I played together were silly and not fun. Kids now are used to having a smart phone and Wi-Fi. I would take a game of flashlight tag over an iPhone any day though.