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My p’interesting’ addiction

Chanet Stevenson, Scene Editor - November 7, 2012

My name is Chanet Stevenson, and I am an app-aholic.

I would do that thing where I state how long it has been since I last played on my phone, but truth be told, I have been texting, checking Twitter and pinning adorable craft ideas to my Pinterest boards while sitting here typing this story. I have a serious problem.

Up until recently, though, I had never realized just how much unnecessary time I spend messing around on my phone. I mean, if having a professor catch me pinning Easter decoration ideas last week wasn’t embarrassing enough, then I would definitely be even more mortified if anyone was to look at how many games of Word Warp I have played.

The biggest reality check, however, came when I was hanging out with a friend. While she was talking to me I caught myself repeating the question, “What? I’m sorry, what did you say?”

It was then that I finally realized just how serious the situation was. While my mind had been lost in Facebook world, I had literally not heard anything she had said. I had been so rude, and I felt terrible about it. I quickly apologized and put my phone away.

Perhaps another example that I’m sure many people can relate to, is how I tend to nervously check my phone to avoid awkward situations. This mainly happens whenever I am alone in public, meaning that even though there are tons of other people around, I don’t know any of them, so I instead pull my phone out of my pocket and proceed to dink around on it so as not to look like a complete loner.

Sadly, though, this is just a small fraction of the excuses I could come up with as to why I am always on my phone.

In coming to realize this about myself, I have since been working to break this bad habit of mine. To do so, I decided to try out this whole “out of sight, out of mind” concept, where I will purposely leave my phone in another room or in my backpack if I’m in class or doing homework.

So far, this experiment has been successful, since it makes it more of a chore for me to have to put down everything I am working on to get up and go find my phone. However the downside to this is that I have also consequently lost my phone a few times.

Okay so it’s not a perfect plan, but hey, it is a start to recovery.
In short, my point of this story is to encourage anyone who, like me, has a difficult time putting their cell phone down, to PUT THE CELL PHONE DOWN.

Start by looking for the signs that you have a problem. If you are paying more attention to your phone than to what is going on in class, you might be an app-aholic—or bored, which is also a cause for app-aholism. If you have zero recollection of the last conversation you had, but can recall the last tweet you read, then you might be an app-aholic. If you run into stationary objects while walking and looking at your phone, then you are definitely an app-aholic.

I could go on but I hope by now you get the point. It is important to remember that the Facebook and Twitter conversations aren’t going anywhere. You can read them later. So don’t let your friends walk away while you’re too busy not paying attention to them with your nose pointed at your phone.

And if you want to avoid being embarrassed in class when you get called by the professor to answer a question you weren’t paying attention to, consider putting your phone away to lower the temptation to play on it.

Don’t be that stupid person who annoyed their friends and let their grades slip because you were too dumb about using your smartphone.

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