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Has your iPhone affected your ability to function as a proper human being?
February 28 at 9:00 AM

7 Ways Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Life

by Jenny Erikson

The other day on Facebook, one of my friends posted a question from Reddit that asked, “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?”

The best answer was, “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.

True story, my friends. As awesome as technology is, there are a lot of ways that your iPhone (or Android or Windows phone or enter-smartphone-of-choice) is ruining your life.

We’re All ADD Now: Delayed gratification? What’s that? Seriously, you get antsy if you’re in a 3G instead of a 4G area and your webpages take more than 10 seconds to load.

Your Conversation Skills Have Atrophied: Once you’ve started saying “el-oh-el” out loud in response to something humorous, you’re a goner.

It’s Causing Sleep Deprivation: Apparently those bright screens are preventing you from feeling tired. The artificial light emitted from the screen can actually prevent melatonin production in your body, which is the major hormone that controls your sleep cycles.

It’s Killing Romance: If you’re not careful, your iPhone will negatively affect your relationship with your significant other. Spending all your time pinning to your wedding board when you got married a decade ago instead of with your love is hardly the way to stay connected.

Your Memory Is Shot: Do you know your best friend’s phone number? What color shirt your kid wore on the first day of school? Directions to anywhere new you’ve been in the past few years? Me neither.

Two Words. Candy. Crush: Or Flappy Bird. Or Plants vs. Zombies. Or the classic Angry Birds. You sit down to play one of these mindlessly entertaining little games and all of a sudden it’s three hours later, the kids have destroyed the house, and your husband wants to know when’s dinner?

It Can Get You Fired: Be careful what your post to Facebook or Instagram. Always assume your boss has access to your status updates. Because screenshots are forever.

Has your iPhone affected your ability to function as a proper human being?

Replies

  • bluebunnybabe
    February 28 at 9:01 AM
    I don't think it has but I know how & when to put it away too & I do.
  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    February 28 at 9:04 AM
    As an actual ADHD person this bothers me when people denigrate my disability this way. However, I see the point. I hate how my husband seriously never puts his away. He is always tweaking it or playing a game.
  • countrymomma81
    February 28 at 9:08 AM

    I've never had an iPhone but I do have a smart phone. I can honestly say that none of these ring true for me. DH and I don't bring our cell phones into our room. I'm mature with my Facebook and Instagram and make sure never to post anything that could get me into trouble (I'm a SAHM, but still). 

    I think they forgot to mention that having any sort of phone automatically seems to turn people into the worst spellers ever. Don't even get me started on punctuation. Mine may not be perfect but at least I try and make the effort. 

  • bleumonster
    February 28 at 9:09 AM
    Yes! I can no longer go without my phone. If I accidentally forget it at home, I feel like I've had a limb removed lol.

    I can no longer remember numbers or spell without spell check lol. I feel lost without turn by turn directions.

    I can't go more than a day without playing a game either. I can access more on my phone than my first (or second) computer. LMAO
  • angelachristine
    February 28 at 9:19 AM

    yeah I have a nexus 5 not an Iphone but I am still guilty of some of these. Especially the number forgetting thing. I dont' even know my dh phone number by heart. lol

  • moosesmom
    February 28 at 9:21 AM
    According to this list, no it doesn't :-)

    Like I've always said Candy Crush is the devil. This guy over here will play it for hours. We hardly see him anymore. Lol!
  • sjenkins8208
    February 28 at 9:21 AM
    No. Dh and I only got them a few months ago. Our phones are put up when we are home as a family, it's always been that way. Our parents and close friends know to leave a voicemail if it's an emergency.
  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    February 28 at 9:23 AM
    What is denigrate?

    Quoting Anonymous: As an actual ADHD person this bothers me when people denigrate my disability this way. However, I see the point. I hate how my husband seriously never puts his away. He is always tweaking it or playing a game.
  • ncbirdie
    February 28 at 9:26 AM

    I never had spelling problems when I had an actual keypad to work with.  If I don't pay super close attention, I often wind up with k instead of l, m instead of n, etc.  I'm greatful that I turned off auto-correct when I first got my phone.  So, if I get a letter wrong my phone eventually stops giving me suggestions for what I might be trying to type and I'm able to go back and fix it.  It's frustrating, though, when it constantly makes the same error over and over.

    Quoting countrymomma81:

    I've never had an iPhone but I do have a smart phone. I can honestly say that none of these ring true for me. DH and I don't bring our cell phones into our room. I'm mature with my Facebook and Instagram and make sure never to post anything that could get me into trouble (I'm a SAHM, but still). 

    I think they forgot to mention that having any sort of phone automatically seems to turn people into the worst spellers ever. Don't even get me started on punctuation. Mine may not be perfect but at least I try and make the effort. 


  • Kmary
    by Kmary
    February 28 at 9:29 AM

    It means to like diminish the validity or seriousness of.  Not sure if that's the exact correct definition, but without looking it up, that's what came to mind. 

    Quoting Anonymous: What is denigrate?
    Quoting Anonymous: As an actual ADHD person this bothers me when people denigrate my disability this way. However, I see the point. I hate how my husband seriously never puts his away. He is always tweaking it or playing a game.


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