Post # 1
I have a love/hate relationship with mine. I love that I can look up anything, anywhere (especially WeddingBee) but I hate that I have some family member and friends that think I should constantly be available and have my phone on me.
Future Mother-In-Law sent me an email yesterday morning. The notification popped up on my phone and I checked it quick figuring I would email her back on my computer when I got home. Part way through the day Fiance texted and asked why I hadn’t emailed her back yet because “she knows I have email on my phone.”
Fiance gives me crap when I go to the store and leave my phone at home. I just don’t think it’s necessary to take it with me. Yes, something could happen but people somehow handled this before cell phones I think I can do the same now!
I have other friends who seem to think I should text them back immediately and constantly be on call when they need to talk to me. Sometimes when I’m shopping or reading I just don’t want to answer my phone.
Anyone else? Or do I just have strange friends?
Post # 3
I love having a smartphone and I have my email and everything set up on it. I don’t always respond to people right away because like you, sometimes I’m at the grocery store or I’m having a meal. If it’s a quick thing, like “Hey, what time is dinner again?”, then I will respond pretty quickly but if it is a random, mundane comment or something I know will end up being a full-blown text conversation, I wait until I have more time to concentrate on the conversation.
I’ll be honest though, I do get annoyed when Darling Husband doesn’t respond right away, unless I know it’s because he has back-to-back meetings and appointments at work. For each other, we will usually respond right away unless it’s a dumb comment that doesn’t require an immediate response (like “Guess what so and so did today? … LOL”)
I don’t like phone calls and most people that know me know that. I am part of a family plan and I use probably 20-40 minutes a month max, and that’s for things like doctors, making reservations (if I can’t use OpenTable), etc.
Post # 4
@MrsBeck: I feel completely naked without my cell phone.
I have my full time job, I coach volleyball and I am on several leagues so I am always having people get a hold of me and I hate being so available all the time, but I am. I hate when people don’t respond immediately and I get the feeling other people feel the same way. We are a society of instant gratification that is for sure. That being said when I go on vacation and don’t look at it/use it I feel fantastic. I come home relaxed and rejuvinated (and without a lot of missed calls and emails).
I worked with a lady that was actually killed because she made a crazy and very illegal u-turn on a two lane highway along the coast when she realized she had forgotten her cellphone on her way to the grocery store. She whipped around right into oncoming traffic and was struck and killed instantly but a big Dodge truck. She was mere blocks from her house and was only making a quick trip. So not even worth it. 🙁
Post # 5
I love it. I don’t know how I lived without it.
Post # 6
I have a love affair with my iphone and i get seperation anxiety whenever i leave it home by accident.
Saying that…. i’m TERRIBLE at getting back to people and everyone knows it. I have my priorities (Dragonvale, Bakery Story) and everyone else can just wait! =^.^=
Post # 7
Can’t live without my iPhone. It’s my phone, camera and iPod all in one. I love that I can check my email anywhere, check out restaurant reviews while were out and about looking for a place…. Love my phone!!!
Post # 8
I am THE WORST about cell phones. I have not upgraded to a smartphone, I almost never remember it, I let the battery die all of the time, and at my busiest it took me up to 2 weeks to return a phone call/text.
I just can’t be bothered.
Post # 9
@MrsBeck: I kind of have a love/hate relationship with mine as well. I’ve had a cell phone of some kind for many years (I got my first one at 14 after I was stranded downtown since the guy I was with couldn’t think far enough ahead to arrange a ride home) … Obviously the ones I had as a kid didn’t do much and were more for emergencies.
I have an iPhone now (I’ve had it for almost 3 years now and I had a Blackberry before that). I also love having the internet available to me at all times. Sometimes it’s necessary (if I’m traveling and lost, for example), and sometimes it’s just convenient (like if I need to look up a recipe at the grocery store because I think I’ve forgotten to add one of the ingredients to my list).
I’m also really annoyed, though, when people seem to think I should be by my phone all the time. I usually keep it on vibrate, and I don’t always notice if I get a call, text, or email. Sometimes I just don’t feel like talking or even texting because I’m doing something else.
My biggest pet peeve with phones, though, is when I’m out with someone and they’re on their phone constantly. I have a few friends who are particularly bad about this (like if they don’t check Facebook every 5 minutes something crazy will happen), and sometimes I have to say, “Can you put your phone away? I promise you can check Facebook or whatever later … The posts will still be there!” My fiance sometimes checks sports stats and his fantasy teams on his phone while we’re out as well, and I always make comments about it. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of checking my phone on occasion when I’m out, but to be constantly glued to it? Ugh.
Post # 10
@angelinthesnowxo: Ugh people being glued to their phone is a pet peeve of mine as well! It’s gotten to the point where I will go out with a group of friends and they will all have their phones out! Typically at that point I say something like “Geez I feel really left out, perhaps I should get my phone out too” or “are you guys all texting about me?” It just drives me nuts that people feel the need to do this when they are hanging out with other people! I can understand pulling it out for a quick text (which I am guilty of doing) but when they pull up their Facebook and read through their entire news feed it annoys me a little bit.
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: this may be a weird question, but if she was killed, how does anyone know she was going back for her cell?
Post # 12
I hardly ever call/text anyone. It’s usually to set up appointments or for work. I don’t have a smartphone though, so that’s all my phone is for! I like having it in case of emergency, so it’s always on me, but I go days without using it.
Now, I do have an iPod Touch, and whenever I am somewhere with wifi, it’s connected. I love being able to communicate with people on FB messages, check email, and to look up reviews and directions. If I had a smartphone with these capabilities I’d be much more attached.
Post # 13
@MrsBeck: Ugh, agreed. I hate being in a group when everyone has their phones out. I just sit there awkwardly with nothing to do. No one looks up or engages with me, so I feel like I should just get mine out too. It’s annoying because real life people are (usually) nicer than my FB feed!
Post # 14
@MrsBeck: I know. It makes me feel like I’m not interesting enough or something. I know some people really are just addicted to their phones, games, Facebook, whatever … But still. It’s pretty rude, and I have no problem telling them I think so. Haha.
Post # 15
I’m pretty much like you. My phone does not have to be with me every second of every day. On the weekends it pretty much stays on the nightstand and doesn’t go with me anywhere….I check it once or twice a day. I rarely answer actual calls (SO, mom, sister) and it usually takes me hours to answer texts. During the week I do take it to work, but turn it off right after I get home because I always get emails, work texts, work calls, etc.
My SO on the other hand….is f*&^$%g glued to his constantly (obviously this is kind of an issue for me). Seriously, sometimes we’ll be in the middle of a conversation and he’ll pick up his phone and start doing who knows what on it. Drives. Me. Nuts.
He’s gotten a little better about it because he knows how much it bugs me, and I’ve gotten a little better about not getting on his case about it because as states “what’s the big deal”. Ehh. Not worth the arguement.
Post # 16
@lia22: I tried looking up the article but it is too old, this was about four years ago. If I remember correctly it was the conclusion of the family (who said she never went without her phone) and the police after putting together the pieces. Her phone if I remember correctly was found in the kitchen or living room and her turn was so abrupt and illegal they couldn’t think of another reason, plus the fact that she was not yet to work and still close to home.