Tonight is the last night before I have a smartphone. Tomorrow, I will be getting not only my first smartphone, but my first touchscreen mobile device. I’ve resisted thus far, but the difference between basic phones and smartphones is financially negligible, as far as I’ve found. And I worried about my ability to learn to use the device? No; I’ve had iPod touches, and I’m familiar with Apple interfaces. I’m worried about how the device will shape how I interact with my environments.
So, I’ve made a list of things to bear in mind when using the iPhone:
- No paying for social media apps. If I have to spend money to talk to people, I might as well be able to shake their hands.
- The iPhone isn’t an end in itself. It’s a way of connecting to people. It’s no substitute.
- Don’t take pictures or videos of an unrepeatable event, especially if that gets in the way of enjoying the event itself. This especially goes for concerts, weddings, baptisms, tours, and most of all, anything the kids are involved in.
- Research can be enhanced through the use of an iPhone. Taking pictures of places, of artifacts, and of documents is valuable, but only in addition to examining them in person.
- Teaching shouldn’t happen through a smartphone. Learning can happen, but not exclusively, on the iPhone. If I’m teaching a class actively, I should be as engaged with the class as I want them to be with the material/subject matter.
- The iPhone is not an extension of my body, my personality, or my being. It is not my self.
- The iPhone is not a substitute for the real world.
- The iPhone is not the real world. </
Here goes nothing…