Smart Phone, Dumb Owner?

5 Apr

Okay, I have a feeling a lot of people will be able to relate to this.  I purchased my first smart phone last winter and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I convinced myself I needed the phone for a few good reasons.

First, it looked cool, even if I didn’t know how to use it.  Second, it would help me if I was lost or needed to find the local coffee shop.  It would be a productive tool.  At least I told myself that initially.  However, that soon changed when I discovered “Angry Birds”.  Next came “Dice with Friends/Hanging with Friends/Words with Friends”.

I somehow justified these apps as being good stress relievers.  Launching little birds into pigs and watching them crash made me forget about the jerk who cut me off on my drive home.  Creating such a tough word that I stumped my friend in “Hanging with Friends”.  Oohh…what a rush.

These apps weren’t enough though.  I found the mother of all apps (for me anyways).  It’s called “The Night Sky” and it’s pure crack for me.  It’s not cool enough that the app plays creepy sci-fi music.  It also shows you the constellations, planets and satellites from your location (hey GPS can be used for more than getting lost).  I’ve always been a sci-fi geek.  If I could travel to the moon tomorrow I’d be the first on the shuttle.  This is the best 99 cents I’ve ever spent.

So, I don’t know if my smart phone has made me any smarter or dumber.  But, I can tell you one thing…being dumb never felt so good!

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