I use my smartphone, an iPhone, to keep up with email, which flows in at a rate I can’t handle, and to post to or moderate this beast of a blog. I use it for some light SMS texting too. It is a great tool when I am on the road, since I can also use it like an iPod.
From Sancte Pater and the great Vincenzo:
Some owners so obsessed with their smartphones, they name them
“Watching people who get their first smartphone, there’s a very quick progression from having a basic phone you don’t talk about to people who love their iPhone, name their phone and buy their phones outfits,” said Lisa Merlo, director of psychotherapy training at the University of Florida…
Merlo, a clinical psychologist, said she has observed a number of behaviors among smartphone users that she labels problematic.
Among them, she said, are some patients who pretend to talk on the phone or fiddle with apps to avoid eye contact or other interactions at a bar or a party; others are so genuinely engrossed in their phones that they ignore the people around them completely.
“The more bells and whistles the phone has,” she said, “the more likely they are to get too attached.”
For some, the anxious feeling that they might miss something has caused them to slumber next to their smartphones…
For others, being away from their phone will almost certainly cause separation anxiety. According to researchers at the Ericsson Consumer Lab, some people have become so dependent on being able to use their smartphones to go online anytime, anywhere, that without that access, they “can no longer handle their daily routine.”
Though I admit that when I have left home without my phone I feel really weird. Hmmm….
BTW… Vincenzo is the official photoshopper of WDTPRS. He is also the maker of the wondrous Pope Pius Clock, which WDTPRS endorses.