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AIBU to use my phone for so many things

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BogstandardBelle Thu 04-Apr-19 14:59:24

My "phone" is in my hand almost constantly. It's my:

newspaper
magazine
book / library service
messaging service
email service
booking system - for everything from Dr appointments to haircuts to cinema tickets
cookbook / recipe folder
television / streaming device
music library
diary / calendar
camera
photo album
map
public transport guide
shop - for everything from food to gifts to flowers to parking permits
radio
period tracker
alarm clock
bank account access
paperwork retrieval system
language coach
calculator
fitness tracker
and sometimes I even use it to call people.

I'm just about the download the Wunderlist app, as I am finding it impossible to work with paper To-Do lists, while everything else is digital. But this feels like the final nail in the coffin - and that my kids are never going to see me without the blasted thing in my hands ever again. I rather lose the moral high ground when telling them to get off their phones, when mine is superglued to my hand...

In reality they do see me reading actual books / journals most days. And I have made a rule to plug it in in the kitchen overnight, not the bedroom.

So am I U to use my phone so much? My defence is that I don't go on any social media (except FB occasionally - no Insta, Snap etc) and I never play games on it, so it's all "good" use - music, books, news, radio, communication. But does that actually make a difference?

reindeermania Thu 04-Apr-19 15:34:45

If yabu I am too- as are most people I know. My phone is essential and my life is organised by it.

HOWEVER what I do hate is when people are with other people - real life , there in front of them- and they still use their phone constantly. You don't need to check your appointments and books and emails etc when you are with others- it's plain old rude and becoming more and more common. I have a friend who I no longer see because as she's speaking to me she is scrolling in her phone. It's ignorant and thoughtless .

cheezy Thu 04-Apr-19 15:40:11

yes my phone use is so bad. I've actually left it at home today deliberately - and it feels quite nice!

LarryGreysonsDoor Thu 04-Apr-19 15:40:56

YANBU. This is exactly what it was invented for.

Whynham Thu 04-Apr-19 15:44:50

They're fully developed computers that can be carried around in the pocket so why shouldn't you use it to its full potential? There are times when I'm using my phone for 8/10 hours a day using all the functions you mentioned and more but there are also times when I don't pick it up for days on end and sometimes up to a week. Its about finding balance between using the device and interacting face-to-face with other humans and nature around you.

SilverySurfer Thu 04-Apr-19 15:54:10

It's not a way of life I recognise but suspect that 99.99% of posters will agree with you.

I have a £15 PAYG that does nothing other than make calls and texts and is usually uncharged. It's used at most once a month or so, when it's charged up in case I need to make a call. Someone bought it for me when I ended up in hospital for a couple of months about four years ago and there were no bedside phones. It's had about £40 put on it in those four years.

I guess it's proof, if I needed any, that I am really antediluvian lol

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