Not too long ago, I talked about my Sony Xperia Z2 phone… the good and the bad. I am the kind of person who gets made fun of for the amount of time that they spend on their phone. Most of the time, this is from my spouse (who is watching TV. Pot calling the kettle black much?!), or from my coworkers during our commute. For the most part, they are staring off into space. I participate in most of the conversations, don’t worry!
I spend a lot of time on twitter, @moneypropeller, where you should absolutely join me.
As it turns out, I am far, far from alone on this front. According to Bloomberg, we now spend more time on smartphones than on televisions. The article says that smartphone owners are right around the 3 hours per day mark, which I can absolutely, totally believe.
The thing is, phones are mighty, mighty convenient. As a blog and website owner, I thank you for spending time on my mobile responsive sites. *cough*cough*
The first smartphone that I ever had was a Blackberry Pearl. I think the screen was 2″x2″ and the only game available was brick breaker. I have never really understood the allure of brick breaker. Maybe that’s because I was never any good at it.
I used that phone mostly for email and very occasionally for surfing on the internet. When my spouse got a newer phone, I was jealous of the games. Now, there’s all sorts of games available, like these Slotomania free slots games. This fun game has great visual and sound effects which makes you feel like you’re in the heart of Vegas, without spending the money. You can’t beat free, especially when you’re hanging out waiting for your train to show up.
While I get sassed for the amount of time I spend on my phone, the mobility of it is also amazing. I manage to get a lot of things done on my phone, like connecting on twitter, checking my emails, making lists of things to do, writing down post topic ideas as they come to me, and reading all sorts of newspapers and articles.
Plus, let’s not forget, phones are extremely valuable for solving debates about facts. It’s sad to say, but the Guinness Book of World Records legacy has been usurped by the internet. They have even dropped “book” from their name. I thoroughly enjoyed reading those in the library in elementary school, though.
So on the one hand, we are spending more and more time becoming anti-social, staring at screens all day long, but on the other hand, they are helping us connect and do amazing things. For example, I first heard of WDS, or World Domination Summit, online. As it turns out, WDS likes to pull stunts every once in awhile. Given that it’s in Portland, land of the quirky and unique, it isn’t terribly shocking to find out that WDS attempts to break a Guinness World Record as part of the festivities.
In 2014, WDS and Portland people joined in the world’s longest yoga chain. I happen to know people that participated in that event, and that it happened, thanks to my trusty smartphone. Not too shabby, eh?