Five Signs You're Addicted to Your Phone

Five Signs You're Addicted to Your Phone

We can't go five minutes without checking our Instagram or replying to text messages.

For most of us, the internet is a part of every day life. We can't go five minutes without checking our Instagram or replying to text messages. It's these reasons that have me thinking we may all be addicted to our phone. Below are five signs that might make this true.

1. Wifi

As soon as you reach your destination, whether it be a restaurant or our a friend's house, wifi is the first thing on your mind. You've got to save that data for the trip home!

2. Always on that Phone

Parents, grandparents, you name it, they're all telling you that you're "always on that phone." You rolly our eyes and disagree, but is what they're saying really that far from the truth?

3. Meals

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any type of sit down meal, the one thing every person has in common at the table is their phone in their hand. Eating is a time for socializing while socializing with other people via cell phone it seems.

4. Restricted Zones

School, work, or any place that phones aren't allowed, are difficult places for you. The urge to check your phone is so strong in these places. Sure no one has tried to contact you, but the paranoia that someone has really gets to you.

5. Social Media

Social media is usually the reason you are on your phone. if you're not scrolling through social media at the moment, you're probably thinking about how you need to check it.

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FOMO And The 21st Century

Social media: a blessing or a curse?

FOMO (fear of missing out): noun, anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening somewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

As a child who grew up in the 21st century, I'm lucky in many ways. I mean, I've had access to a computer all my life, with thousands of resources at my fingertips. I lived in a house with running water and had a car to get to where I needed to go. Well, my parents did. And I had the privilege of receiving a great education and medical attention when I needed it.

But something that comes along with these privileges and advancements is social media. It seems like every couple minutes my phone is buzzing with some sort of notification. It has made me, and the rest of my generation, so senselessly aware of what everyone is doing around us.

There comes expectations with these apps that we spend countless hours diving into. We are expected to post literally everything we do. If we don't, we must not be having fun, right? At least nothing fun enough to share with our 300 Snapchat friends. We feel this obligation to share the tiniest details to people who, honestly, couldn't care less. We're all just curious. And that right there is the problem.

Our curiosity has gotten the best of us. It has shown us things we would be better off not seeing. I can't tell you the amount of times I've checked my phone to see videos of a party I wasn't invited to. It's one thing to hear about something you weren't invited to, but another thing to have to watch it without warning. You would think we would learn not to check our Snapchats on Friday nights when we're comfortable in bed at 10 pm, but we don't. This cycle, along with the highlight reel everyone posts on Instagram and Facebook, makes it appear like everyone around us is living their best life.

Perpetual posts of our 'best moments' has led this generation to feel an incessant strain of FOMO. If we aren't doing something that lives up to what all our friends are posting, we might as well not be doing anything at all. We are so scared of missing out on something that might be going on that we become so unaware of ourselves. We are missing out on the now. We are missing the details of everyday.

I think it's time we all take a break. Take a technology cleanse. Delete your apps for a couple of days. Focus on what's in front of you, not what's behind a screen.

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A Month Later: Is The iPhone X Worth It?

Is this smartphone is enough to fill your daily needs?

Apple introduced yet again another beautiful piece of technology earlier this fall, the iPhone X. It sparked controversy all over the globe for its rough price of $1,000 and some customers even complained about the fact that they took away the popular home button.

Though the real question is, Was it worth it?

Yes, indeed it is.

First things first, the price tag

For that price, you get twice as better capabilities than any other device that is out. In my opinion, it was pretty unnecessary to release the iPhone 8 when Apple could've gone straight towards the 10 as it was the 10th year anniversary of the first iPhone this year. They didn't though, but hey who can blame them, its business. As a worldwide billion company, they have to do some risky business decisions in order to succeed in a certain way.

Regardless, the iPhone X (10) exceeded expectations. In fact, I at first wasn't too balls to the wall over this device...even as a huge Apple fan and loyal to the company but mainly because of the home button choice and its design. After a while, I was thoroughly amazed by how powerful the phone was. It didn't matter if it was 256gb or beyond that, everything from its small processor and battery were strong to keep the phone alive for it to work really well.

Design is key

The front screen has a smooth, rich but thin glass covered from all angles with just a simple notch on the mid top that is what detects the motion sensors for the face recognition.

Another thing, face recognition. Introduced for the first time for Apple devices, in reality only for the iPhone X but man, I think of it as some magic from the future. Kind of does seem like technology is upgraded enough that face recognition came early, in the year 2017.

The screen is a 5.8 -inch Retina display that inherits gracious colors to your eyes and responds to absolutely everything. It is the first to have an OLED Screen with 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. The top mid notch is where the front cameras are hidden, so tiny yet they take the most in-depth stunning pictures, featuring Portrait light mode. The back part of the phone has stainless steel as well.

Welcome to the evolution of a new generation of smart technology

iPhone X evolves into a new generation of smartphone devices and is the start of a new one. Wireless charging came out of the blue for the first time ever for Apple including a few other standout features I was surprised at. Face I.D. Apple Pay, faster 12mp sensor, OIS camera on the back portion of the phone. One last thing that really blew me away was their A11 Bionic chip. It has a quite heavy engine with 600 billion operations per second. Which in this case proves itself to be the fastest, bright, forceful smartphone in the last decade.

What all this means for the competition

Apple is raising the bar, Samsung. Worth the price for all it is able to do. You won't be disappointed with the result. It works perfectly fine with your daily usage of the Health app, loud music through their Bluetooth AirPods, dictates every inch of your heart rate as it has before but better, and workout progress. Every other feature from the Notes to the new advanced App Store compatible with iOS 11.2 is just brilliant than ever before.

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