13 Struggles Of Having An Old iPhone

13 Struggles Of Having An Old iPhone

You live that iPhone 4 or 5 life and it is a struggle

Updates take forever, new phones are expensive, you already know the way this phone works, you don't want to deal with the people at the Apple store. As a result, you have a good old iPhone 4 or a newer phone that you refuse to update, and whatever the reason for that, there are definitely a few downfalls to your plan of never adjusting.

1. You can't name the group chat

You know which group message is your brunch squad, but still, it'd be nice to see it on the top of the messages.

2. You can't react to messages

You can text haha but wouldn't reacting 'haha' be so much more rewarding.

3. You don't have any room on your phone

The photos are important, okay? They're memories.

4. Thumbprint identification?


5. Manage your storage in settings

You get this message at least twice a day.

6. What?? iMessage games??

They're out of fashion before you can clear enough room to get them

7. Bitmoji

If I had a Bitmoji I could show you how sad I am about my lack of Bitmoji, but alas I cannot. Instead, there is a Bitmoji with longer hair and better eyebrows than my hypothetical one would have.

8. No new emojis!!

The lion is so cute... And I want to be able to use the nerd emoji, not just the glasses.

9. The little alien emoji you get after every hand emoji

Because your friend picked a skin tone that you can't see

10. Everyone complains about how tiny your phone is

Yes, this is the size yours used to be, you're just used to your tablet sized iPhone 6 Plus now.

11. Sometimes your apps aren't updated

It's fine, not like you wanted snap filters or Instagram stories anyway.

12. You still have photos from when you first got your phone

Braces. Lots of braces.

13. You get the alien emoji more than anything else

It rubs salt in the wound, just a little bit.

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What I Learned Going Technology-Free For 24 Hours

Hardest challenge turned easiest day

Over Spring Break, one of my teachers challenged our class to go without technology for a whole day for extra credit. At first, I thought that I would just write the reflection to get the extra credit without actually trying to go without my phone because there was no way I could go a whole day without electronics. But, once I thought about it more I figured that I might as well try.

Thankfully, I was on vacation with my mom so it would be easier to not use my phone. To my surprise, I actually lasted the whole 24 hours and enjoyed it somewhat. The beginning of the day was the hardest because I usually go on my phone immediately when I wake up. The temptation to check my snapchat and Instagram was great at the beginning, but soon it subsided.

I found that as the day went on, I slowly stopped caring about what snapchats I wasn't responding to or what Instagram posts I was missing and started becoming more aware of what was going on around me.

I found that the conversations with my mom became more meaningful when both of us were not distracted by our cell phones. In some ways, I felt lighter without the weight of constant notifcations going off on my phone.

That day, I was more present and aware of my surroudings. I was also forced to sit alone with thoughts that I would usually distract myself from. This allowed me to refocus my energy and become more aware of my feelings that I usually push away by a scrolling through Pinterest or Twitter.

I now find myself logging out of snapchat and Instagram for a couple of hours just to refocus myself. I had been so involved in my phone that I didn't realize all the things I was missing.

I would highly recommend trying to go at least cell phone free. It truly changed my perspective on how much I should be using my phone.

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Are You Really Addicted to Your Phone?

We know about the risks, but we just don't care.

What if I told you that cell phone addiction is no longer just a “teen” thing? And what if I told you it wasn’t even a twenty-something thing?

As cell phones become more ingrained in our culture, studies are finding that 98% of adults 30-49 own some sort of cell phone, and 94% of adults ages 50-64 own a cell phone. These staggering statistics reveal that cell phones are no longer just a teenage fad, they’re an integral part of our society.

With numbers like these, it is important that we evaluate what cell phones mean to us, and what is a healthy balance of use.

Many people are quick to jump in and say that almost every cell phone user is addicted to their devices, which is a heavy claim seeing as though cell phone addiction has been known to be linked to anything from mental health issues, to walking hazards, to even serious cancer risks.

But if you’re anything like me, you’ve already heard all of that. Anyone my age or younger has been told a thousand times about the risks of cell phones, and it’s obvious we don’t really care.

Cell phones have already become a part of our everyday lives, part of our learning, working, part of how we interact with our friends and the world. To lose that connecting piece is crippling in many professional and social instances.

Cell phone addiction, reliance, or dependence can be serious problems. These diagnoses shouldn’t be thrown about lightly, and they shouldn’t be accused on everyone who fits the typical profile. Not every young adult is addicted to their phone, even though we use them frequently.

Perhaps there is a difference between addiction and functional use.

Are you addicted to your car because it gets you places? Should the risk of car crashes force you to bike to work, or should you try a horse and carriage instead? Are you addicted to your frying pan because it’s more efficient than open flame? If you’re a ‘bookworm,’ does that make you addicted to books? Where do we draw the line between real addiction and convenience?

Many psychologists define the addiction line with a few simple questions, which mainly fall under: Can you be off your phone for a few hours at a time without feeling anxious? If you can’t, maybe you should work towards limiting your cell phone use, or following guides to a more healthy relationship with your phone.

Whatever the case, it’s important that we think about our relationships with the technology around us and how they affect the quality of our lives. We shouldn’t be quick to reject or make fun of people for their technological reliance either, especially now that the majority of us own cell phones. We have to accept that many people use their phones as useful tools in their lives, while others are dealing with serious addiction.

We’re all in the same boat, or, I suppose, we’re all on the same screens. Let’s work together to figure out what that means.

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