A day in the life of an iPhone addict

You know those people who say that you shouldn’t sleep with your cell phone? I’m not one of them. My cell phone is an extension of my hand. Where I go, it goes. This addiction with technology was bad just over three years ago, but now? I don’t think addiction even begins to describe the love affairs that we have with our technology today. And guess what? It’s only going to intensify. How? I’m not sure, because I’m pretty sure I’m as addicted as I’m going to get. Want proof?

6:30 a.m. I am jarred awake by an ascending chromatic scale that just doesn’t. shut. up. until I either jab the conveniently red snooze button or just give up and get moving.

6:35 a.m. My feet haven’t even hit the floor yet, but already I’m opening my Gmail app and scrolling through the mail that was delivered overnight. But the work email? That can wait until I’ve had my coffee (just don’t tell my boss). A quick check of the weather and Facebook and it’s time to get the day started.

7:45 a.m. At my local Starbucks counter I pull out my phone and flash my Starbucks app to pay for my coffee. Quick and convenient.

8:00 a.m. At work I’m waiting for my computer to boot up and notice that my phone has started blowing up with push notifications from Foursquare. “It looks like you’re near The Ohio Society of CPAs. Do you want to check in?” it asks. I check in to OSCPA on Foursquare as well as my department (yes, we created our own Foursquare check in), and realize that I’m still 4 days away from becoming mayor. Maybe working from home does have at least one disadvantage.

8:05 a.m. Time to get to work, so now I have a choice between my downloaded iTunes music or iHeartRadio.

10:00 a.m. Time to check in with my to-do list. The Orchestra app is by far my favorite to-do list app. A quick glance at my work list tells me what I need to do next.

11:30 a.m.  Lunch time! We’re looking for new restaurant ideas, so naturally I fire up my Yelp app to see what’s nearby. This is especially convenient for looking up reviews, directions, and hours. This app is a lifesaver when I’m in unfamiliar areas.

4:30 p.m. Quitting time. Traffic is a nightmare so I check the traffic overlay on my native iPhone maps app. I get an instant visual on whether the major routes I take are at a standstill (red), sluggish (yellow) or good to go (green) and adjust my commute accordingly.

5:00 p.m. It’s time to workout some stress, so after checking in at the gym on Foursquare, I fire up the apps that’ll get me through my workout. How did people get through workouts before smartphones?? I saw somebody with a Walkman at the gym recently. Apparently Sony still sells those.

6:30 p.m. If you have toddlers, there are three apps that will get you through until dinner is on the table: Peekaboo Forest, Peekaboo Wild and Peekaboo Barn.

8:00 p.m. The little one’s in bed and now I get some time to myself. Time for some quality TV….if only I could put down my iPhone. I often annoy my husband because I’m so consumed with my iPhone that I miss good scenes on shows or movies. I proceed to check in to the television show(s) I’m watching on GetGlue, post a few photos on Instagram, scan my Twitter feeds, play my turns on Words with Friends, and finally settle in with what I tell myself will be just 5 minutes on Pinterest…. If only, right?

So, am I the only one, or does your typical day follow along with this model? Just how attached are you to your gadgets? C’mon fess up – it’s the least you could do after I just gave you a peek into my typical gadget-filled day.

Disclaimer: I was not offered any kind of compensation by these companies for the promotion of their apps. In fact, they don’t even know that I exist.

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