New Media Blog Post 9- Put Down The Phone and Step Away

Believe it or not it wasn’t so long ago, as recent as the early part of my freshmen year of College, that I barely even checked my cell phone. It was also around that time that I began to regularly send text messages; since that was the first time I had a cell phone that had a full keyboard. But this summer that all changed when I got an iPhone, I now check my phone frequently, because although I make phone calls infrequently, I use my phone very frequently for e-mail and to keep organized with Tasks, Calendars and many other things.  Before I got my iPhone, I had an iPod Touch that I used for email and as an organizer and used it very often as well, it was limited however, because although it runs the same software as the iPhone, the iPod Touch could only connect to the Internet when a Wi-Fi network was available.   With my iPhone, I have to pay for a 3G data plan, which allows me to have Internet access just about everywhere my phone has a signal and allows me to get a lot done with my phone, no matter where I am.


            My frequent checking of my phone often frustrates my friends and family, because I have so many communication methods connected to my phone. However, because I have a smartphone that can do many things that I typically do with my computer, it is extremely helpful for me because it enables to be get things accomplished anywhere I am, allowing me to focus on the things that I can’t do on my smartphone when I get back to my computer. I admit, that I am fairly addicted to the constant, instant communication that I have with my smartphone. As soon as I hear or feel my phone going off, I reach for it right away, most of the time, without even thinking about it , it has become second nature to me.  Trying to talk to people without checking my phone is actually a challenge because I knew that while I was having my conversation, I received several notifications that I desperately wanted to check no matter how unimportant they might end up being. The other challenge was that many times when I talk to people, questions come up, often about technical things and I would usually pull out my phone for a quick Google search which I obviously couldn’t do.


            Despite my addiction to my phone, I still get frustrated with people who are using their phones in certain situations. First an foremost, are people who use their phone while driving. This is something that should never happen unless you are using some type of voice control like Siri on the new iPhone or a voice command system like the Ford Sync system that is built the new Ford cars.  Another major pet peeve of mine is the people who have a long conversation in a store especially when that person is screaming into their phone.  When I worked at Staples over the summer, I encountered these people and because they are on their phones, they are preventing me from helping them and doing my job. What’s worse is when people talk when they are checking out because they should be focused on their transaction and making sure everything goes how they want as apposed to ignoring the cashier making their job more difficult and being flat out rude.


            As cell phones are able to do more and more things in the future, and people will be using them more, especially smartphones. There needs to be social guidelines that are taught by adults to children as they grow up, where it is and isn’t appropriate to be using the phone whether they are making a call, texting or using the internet.  If this fails to happen, even more people will continue to use their phones where it is not appropriate and further angering people and putting people in danger when they are driving.

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