Smart Phone Syndrome

I am sure there is going to be a lot of money which is going to be poured in from the medical fraternity for analysing the smart phone syndrome. With a few years, you will have folks from rich foundations donating money for analysing the data and finding cures for symptoms which are getting scarier by the day. Mark my words, dear world, mark my words πŸ™‚

Here are few symptoms which are the starting point for you to identify if you suffer from the smart phone syndrome!

1. Open your eyes early in the morning at 5 and instead of looking around to see who is awake, check your smart phone for emails and whatsapp messages (good morning messages from random acquaintances are obviously welcome)

2. Always always end your day with twitter. You can technically go to bed at 9.00 PM but you sleep only after 12 o clock because twitter is so addictive man! and others of course wont mind if you forget to say good night, even if they are in the same room as yours….OR wait, just send them a good night tweet or whatsapp eh?

3. Get panic attacks if the whatsapp server is down

4. Curse yourself for not recharging the internet when you are out of the city and consider that as the worst thing that could happen to you (apart from getting mugged and losing your smart phone all together! thats like the worst-est thing ever!)

5. Talk more on the phone to your loved ones than face to face or even easier, just whatsapp them

6. Ask your spouse/mom to send an email/whatsapp message on what needs to be bought and use that as your list. If your mom is from the 16th century, who firmly believes in writing the monthly grocery on a list of paper, dont worry. Just click a pic of the list and whatsapp it boss!

7. Forgetting the charger at home and finding no other means to charge your phone is no less than a catastrophe

8. Even worse, forgetting your phone at home for the day…be cautious that can lead to a heart attack

9. Consider facebook as the bible to knowing whats happening in and around your friends and family circle. Had a baby, let the world know via face book, bought a house, got a new fridge, changed your wardrobe, watered your plants, or hey even got a new bottle of water do definitely use facebook to update the family and friends. After all, no one wants to see their friend die of thirst eh?

10. Hold a pen and then look at the piece of paper and try to remember how the hell do you write the alphabet ‘A’ and then of course, get your smart phone and google ‘how to write A in English’ and do the deed. But remember after 4 alphabets your wrists are going to ache like crazy while your fingers will curse you…after all only the thumb is used in smart phones eh?

11. Never hold a conversation eye to eye. Always keep one eye on the smart phone and then keep looking up to the person who is talking to you. And if the other person is a smart phone user as well, just whatsapp yaar..why use your voice at all!

12. In a restaurant,its always advisable to carry a smart phone. one that you can instantly upload the amazing food pics on FB and instagram and twitter and then of course, after a while,Β whyΒ talk to the person with you? Either whatsapp them or just check your mails and earn brownie points from the boss!! and if you are taking kids, take an extra smart phone..you can use yours, they can use theirs, you will no longer have to worry about tantrums and bad manners eh?

13. Get apps downloaded for everything, from tracking your expenses, to tracking who exactly are your friends, to writing notes, to filling in grocery sheets, to even deciding when your phone thinks is the right time to do potty!

Anyone here who can add more???

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51 Responses to Smart Phone Syndrome

  1. iwrotethose says:

    Good Lord! I’ve just been diagnosed with Smart Phone syndrome. No, wait! What if I’m on a Tablet? πŸ˜›

    Jokes aside, it is the sad reality. And I am very much part of this world. *Sigh* Great post R’s Mom πŸ™‚

  2. Santulan says:

    The sad time spent in the loo when you forgot to bring your phone along 😦

  3. maddeemen says:

    Forget your phone while heading out on a weekend. Head back home to pick your phone up, how else can you Google your destination and let your smart phone guide you to that restaurant, theatre, or even a friend’s apartment!

    How can a day be complete without Angry Bird-ing or Candy Crush-ing??????!!!!!

    How can you forget the fifteen selfies/groupies a day??? πŸ˜‰ If you are in college make that 30..

    πŸ˜€ ;D

    • R's Mom says:

      LOL on the GPS thingie

      and yaa..guess I am not into games too much…yep..thats a beeg thing no?

      and yep..selfies..baap rey..some people are crazy about them

  4. Scribby says:

    me likes πŸ™‚

    I just recently came across this video, do watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY&feature=youtu.be

    I was somewhat like the points mentioned in your post here few weeks back, only difference is I invested all my time for work on my smart phone and it started taking toll on my personal time and health too. So first thing I did was to deactivate my office email on phone, trust me half my time is saved now and I invest it on my family and my own self to read or do whatsoever I want πŸ™‚

    Otherwise I do use the whatsapp, FB and Twitter apps on the phone but the time slot is fixed on an average as to when I check these… usually in the morning once and then in evening or night… that’s all… but yes I do use my phone to read books, when at traffic signals, in the loo πŸ˜‰ waiting for someone etc… you know what I mean πŸ™‚

    do watch the video!

  5. B. M. says:

    Ha ha ha.. that is a lovely list..
    Remember the post i did about how you can play tricks and create chaos with a mobile phone..

    For getting a phone or losing is as much alike having a heart attack as I found at Sydney airport last year..

  6. ashreyamom says:

    keep the phone away when at home and once in while feel that you have become outdated with new stuff is my policy. so i am happy with it. also switch off the wifi when u realise that ur daughter is watching spiderman in youtube as u dont want her to get addicted or do damage to her eyes. :).

  7. Ok this is scary. When did we become like this?

  8. Shweta says:

    I so hear u R…
    I had bogged about something on these lines long back.. your post made me recollect it!!
    https://shwetashirodaria.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-world-of-nomophobics/

  9. pixie says:

    How many have you faced by now?! πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

    For me, I check whatsapp after I wake up! And if the phone is not charged – I do panic.. just slightly and then breathe and tell myself that its not the end of the world! πŸ˜€

    Thats about it because I dont have atwitter account.. I write lists and then forget to carry them, whatsapp them, msg them to anyone else!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

  10. srividhya17 says:

    Anyone here who can add more??? Answer to this.. (I know you will be ROFL, but its ok.. )
    oh yeah absolutely. You missed one main category GAMES.. especially the ones that I used to play like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Farmville and Paradise Island… πŸ™‚
    This paradise island, is a restaurant management game. I introduced this game to my collegue and half an hour gone daily in discussing the strategies. πŸ™‚
    Seriously, I was so addicted to Candy Crush and Scribd app (digital library). Play candy crush and when I dont have any life in the game, start reading a book in Scribd. Play,read, play read..I was slept only 5 hrs daily. As a result, I became super cranky mom in the morning. Finally one fine day, asked my hubby to delete those apps. Now I am relieved.
    I app that I don’t want to miss is Saavn and Raaga. Home or work, I want to hear songs and my to go apps are Saavn and Raaga.

    • R's Mom says:

      yaa yaa..the games thing…I am not into games much so missed out that part!

      didnt even know Candy Crush was a game until recently *facepalm*

      I havent heard of those two apps..they are good kya?

      • srividhya17 says:

        Good you didn’t knew about candy crush.. Its addictive.
        Yeah both saavn and raaga are good. Just songs from all languages. Their web version is also great, raaga.com and saavn.com. (Make sure you don’t sign in with your FB account, if not the whole world will know what you are listening 😦 )
        The other app thats is really good is dropbox. You can sync your phone and laptop. All your camera uploads get automatically added to your laptop. No transferring process. πŸ™‚

        • R's Mom says:

          oh thanks for the lovely tips…I am not on FB at all *gives evil grin*

          oh didnt know about dropbox…you are becoming my technological guru πŸ™‚

    • srividhya17 says:

      *sleeping only 5 hrs

  11. Comfy says:

    RM, did you see this?

    This is all I have to say πŸ™‚

  12. Amitha Shetty says:

    Invite your good frend home for dinner because its been long since you guys connected. Then get busy on your smart phone and leave your wife to hold conversation with your frend to save him from getting bored. πŸ˜€ [My husband does this]

  13. LOL

    I am the kind of person who keeps her phone on silent mode most of the day, and through the night. That said, since I got the new smartphone, things have begun to change. I hope I don’t reach this stage, though. I don’t see myself there.

  14. Your post reminded me of this ad:

  15. Smita says:

    ha ha ha ha u r soooo very bang on my dear!!!! I used to browse through many websites before moving into the snoozeland and as brat would say “Mumma turn off the mobile phone” I would say I am doing some urgent office work. One day in a play act he copied my act totally πŸ˜‰ Now I try to forget that I have a mobile once I am lying down!! Man it is so difficult!! πŸ˜€

    • R's Mom says:

      I usually switch off internet when I am at home..that works well for me..RD on the other hand, is ALWAYS connected!

      This kiddo of yours is a really cutie pie πŸ™‚

  16. I’m so guilty of 1 and 2. I am trying my best to change. Maybe I need to put in more effort.
    And yea, taking the phone to the loo. I’m guilty of that too :/

  17. Smitha says:

    You’ve got it all covered πŸ™‚ I certainly can’t manage without my smart phone. It’s absolutely essential ! How would I know how red the traffic situation is? But I don’t play games on the phone anymore, that gets too addictive!

  18. Nidaa says:

    Thankfully no twitter or whatsapp in my life till now… I am waiting to see if something else is going to replace whatsapp… I may opt for that. Actually life is too busy for social media (except fb). Office, cleaning, cooking, classes, sports, sleep, lazy thoughts, reading blogs & stuffs on net – see? day gone just like that!!!

    • R's Mom says:

      ooohhh thats so nice…Good to see someone who has a busy life away from social media..you are a rare species in today’s world :):)

  19. Ramya says:

    The only place where I see a phone “helping” me out is in a gathering where I find myself out of place ..Recently I happened to attend a distant relatives wedding and after initial his to everyone I knew, with no interest in family gossip, I stared dabbling with my phone (read as : deleting unwanted messages) to keep myself occupied..Else, most of us have one symptom or the other that you have mentioned..Seriously, where are we heading in this? Though there are two different schools of though about the radiation hazards of using a cell phone, and to think to school going children beginning to spend time (like hours) on the phone , where are we heading to?

  20. Rachna says:

    I think you wrote this post keeping my husband in mind though some of these do apply to me too *sheepish*.

  21. Looks like I need immediate treatment πŸ™‚

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