What’s your relationship with your smartphone? Obsessive, practical, indifferent or fearful? Readers write in with their experiences:
YOU and YOUR PHONE
1) What make is your phone? How long have you had it?
My phone is an old model by Apple, iphone4. I think I have had it for about 5 years.
2) Would you like to get a new one? Why?
I’d like to get a new phone since the battery of the actual one runs down quickly. Moreover, its connection speed is slow because of the old hardware.
3) What ringtone do you have?
I have selected a faint ringtone.
4) What do you use your phone for (apart from talking)?
I use my phone to get all information I need from the Internet, to download apps of interest, to listen to music. In short, when I’m outside home or office, I use it as a small computer.
5) Where and when do you normally switch off your phone?
I never switch off my phone if my son is not with me. For example, if I’m in office and he’s at school or to do sport or with his friends. In such occasions, I prefer to be contactable. I turn off my phone when I’m with my family in quiet zones (hospitals, churches, trains, etc). When it is necessary, I put it on vibrate/silent mode. I usually use the silent mode when I’m in the classroom to lecture or in the lab with my students. Those are the most common situations for me.
6) Have you ever lost your phone?
I’ve never lost it. I often forget where I’ve left it!! My students enjoy looking at me while I’m looking for it. In the same way, I always forget my keys somewhere in my lab.
7) Have you ever sent a message to the wrong person?
Fortunately, I’ve never made such a mistake.
8) Have you ever forgotten to turn your phone off (with embarrassing consequences)?
I think only twice. Consequences were not embarrassing since my ringtone is soft and the situations were not particularly ticklish.
My phone is an I Phone, and I’ve had it for two years.
No, I wouldn’t buy a new one, because my phone works fine.
I’ve got “Silk” as my ringtone.
I use my phone to exchange messages and photos, to send and receive e-mail, and to wake-up.
Normally I turn it off at the theater, cinema, gym, during classes and in any social situations.
When I’m working I prefer to put it on silent mode.
Fortunately nothing embarrassing has ever happened.