We have had our smart phones for over two years now. Yes, we are as addicted as I feared we might be, just as bad as any teenager.
But we are not alone. When we go to breakfast with our retired teacher friends each Friday morning, invariably the phones come out, to share a photo or a post on Facebook or to Google something we want to know the answer to. We laugh at ourselves as we are doing it, of course, and one of our dear friends, who is losing her eye sight to macular degeneration says to us, "You know, if you put those phones away we could have a real conversation." We are slightly chastised, but not enough to stop us.
Yesterday I had lunch with retired teachers from my old school and it was the same thing, phones out to share photos or post on Facebook, and to use the calendar feature to record our next monthly lunch.
My sweet little blue iPhone 5c has had a few bumps and bruises, like getting knocked off the end table onto the hardwood floor. The result is that it was beginning to come apart. Since I have damage insurance on the phone, I took it in to Sprint and was able to get a replacement at no cost.
Yesterday I picked it up and the technician began the process of transferring data from my old phone to the new one. It was getting late so she suggested we could hook up to WiFi at home to complete the restoration of apps.
Well, when I got to looking at my replacement phone, which looks just like my old one, I saw that it had Tom's background photo, his photo albums, and his apps. The Internet wasn't working and neither was the email. I fussed with it for a while, reinstalling the email, and then finally gave up and cooked dinner. After dinner, miraculously, everything was functioning. I guess it just needed to settle in and feel at home.
I lost my pretty rose photo that was my background, so I just took a photo of the flowers that were on the kitchen table in front of me.
Then I got rid of some of Tom's apps and reinstalled a few of my own that were missing.
Now my new phone is my old one again.
And speaking of apps (applications), here is a cool one that we have been using on our walks. It's called MapMYWalk, and it uses GPS to map the route of the walk, keep track of mileage, steps, and calories burned, and gives you your splits for minutes per mile.
While smart phones are not essential to our lives, they sure do make it more fun.