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Has your iPhone affected your ability to function as a proper human being?

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7 Ways Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Life

by Jenny Erikson

The other day on Facebook, one of my friends posted a question from Reddit that asked, “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?”

The best answer was, “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.

True story, my friends. As awesome as technology is, there are a lot of ways that your iPhone (or Android or Windows phone or enter-smartphone-of-choice) is ruining your life.

We’re All ADD Now: Delayed gratification? What’s that? Seriously, you get antsy if you’re in a 3G instead of a 4G area and your webpages take more than 10 seconds to load.

Your Conversation Skills Have Atrophied: Once you’ve started saying “el-oh-el” out loud in response to something humorous, you’re a goner.

It’s Causing Sleep Deprivation: Apparently those bright screens are preventing you from feeling tired. The artificial light emitted from the screen can actually prevent melatonin production in your body, which is the major hormone that controls your sleep cycles.

It’s Killing Romance: If you’re not careful, your iPhone will negatively affect your relationship with your significant other. Spending all your time pinning to your wedding board when you got married a decade ago instead of with your love is hardly the way to stay connected.

Your Memory Is Shot: Do you know your best friend’s phone number? What color shirt your kid wore on the first day of school? Directions to anywhere new you’ve been in the past few years? Me neither.

Two Words. Candy. Crush: Or Flappy Bird. Or Plants vs. Zombies. Or the classic Angry Birds. You sit down to play one of these mindlessly entertaining little games and all of a sudden it’s three hours later, the kids have destroyed the house, and your husband wants to know when’s dinner?

It Can Get You Fired: Be careful what your post to Facebook or Instagram. Always assume your boss has access to your status updates. Because screenshots are forever.

Has your iPhone affected your ability to function as a proper human being?

by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM
Yes. Almost all of these hit home for me. I am addicted to my phone. If I don't have it on me or know where it is I start sweating. Guess an iphone is a better addiction than crack though! It could be much worse
by Emerald Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I dont know anyones phone number by heart and i dont use a real camera anymore, all my pics are on the cloud.  

by Rachel on Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

My phone most definitely has affected my ability to function as a proper human being... for the better.

I was never very good with organizing or memorizing number data (phone numbers, birthdays...). All my phone is doing for me is on that front is making my life easier. Now I can carry around a palm-sized electronic device instead of trying (and failing) to keep track of random pieces of paper where I've written shit down.

by Gold Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM
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Let me ask Siri. I'll get back to you.

by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I spend entirely too much time wanting to throw it when I do use it. 

by Baby T-rex Arms on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM

I don't have an iphone but my teen does....yes it has affected his ability to function. You can tell the difference in his focus when he's grounded =/ 

by Anonymous 7 on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Thankfully no, there are no cell phones in my home.

by *Angelicious* on Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Quoting cindilou13:

I'm trying to decide if the writer is being sarcastic or really experiences these things.  I don't find any of those to be true, but as with many things...moderation is the key.   I know when/what things are appopriate and have self-control.

by Gold Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

yes, but it's my Galaxy phone.  I love this thing and I take it to bed with me then I'll be up late playing with it.  I would be on it constantly checking cafemom and candy crush.  I had to detox from it, now I have like phone free periods everyday or else it would fuin my life

by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

no I do not turn it on unless I go out of town and my son needs to contact me. Most of the time it sits on the table shut off

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