Sitting here without my laptop inhibits me somewhat in my day to day activities which I mostly conduct online. I mean, yes, smartphones are very handy and its abilities to create most online things are almost limitless, but I do like typing on a keyboard at least when a lot of words are required.
And, I like using a mouse. 🤷♀️
But I didn’t pack up all my electronics on my trip back to the city from the burbs. It was supposed to be a short one, but now it’s been extended for a thing with a kid.
That’s ok. I have access to a laptop if need be. In fact, I’m taking a class today, a webinar, which means I’ll need someone to pair my headphones to their device I’ll be borrowing so I can participate without interrupting noises.
All this makes me think about how electronics have dramatically changed our lives since my highschool days. But the question is, has life become easier? Or more complicated?
I have a friend who struggles with her kids’ constant need/want to stare at screens. She’s particularly disturbed/bothered by the endless scrolling, which she considers a time-waste.
Can’t argue with that.
The smartphones and various associated apps can be addictive in their own way. I freely admit that I like having a smartphone. But rather than scroll aimlessly, which I also freely admit to doing probably more often than I should, I also use it for other, positive and productive things.
Let me tell you about them.
I read more books now than I did before I had a smartphone. I’ve always been an avid reader, but now, with my library app and Kindle thingy, I read a lot more. Can’t say this is a negative aspect of smartphone ownership.
I love how the apps synch between mobile and desktop apps. Say I’m creating a slideshow or a YouTube short or a tarot TikTok, I can easily begin creating it on whichever device I’m using and switch at anytime. I use Canva, mostly, and it syncs seamlessly. Same with Evernote, which I use for writing, saving drafts, jotting notes and the like. I call up whatever suits my fancy on any device and it’s there in its most updated version, ready to be dealt with.
Banks all have mobile apps which were more heavily relied on once the pandemic started. A lot of people, mostly generations older than GenX, were quite hesitant to even load their bank mobile app on their phones (if they had a phone, or one young enough to accommodate such apps) but it became a non-brainer for most of us. I like that I can check the balance quickly before taking a teen shoe shopping, for instance. I also like transferring cash to them electronically when they need to top up their bus passes.
Well this post was created in WordPress ‘s mobile app. I sometimes use talk-to-text which may or may not make things easier/faster. It depends on how fast you talk and whether or not you are the type of person who likes to re-read and edit before publishing. I also read and comment in WP Reader more often than on laptop, but it depends and varies from day to day or week to week.
There are other things phones are handy for, obviously, such us connecting with friends and family via text apps across the globe. Time zones become less important when texting than during traditional phone calling. Maps via the built-in GPS has made me a much less apprehensive driver when navigating unfamiliar routes. And, for the hearing challenged peeps like me, the phone has made me less introverted, more social as well as more confident in certain situations. And let’s not forget shopping, photography, music, podcasts and how-to videos which have saved the day for many of us probably too many times to count.
So there you go. Validation that the phone in our hands is more than just a mere distraction. 😉
Did I miss anything?
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