This made me think …. How do I use my iPhone? How is my time divided?
If I made a pie chart for my phone usage, the biggest hunk of time would be for listening to Podcasts and Music. I listen every day, usually for an hour or two while I am getting ready for the day or perhaps doing some chores around the house.
The next two biggest slices of pie represent Texting and Maps. I use a maps app often (I just love how that little blue dot shows me where I am), and Texting is something I use quite frequently. I enjoy “reaching out to touch someone” as much as I happily enjoy receiving an incoming text. It’s nice to know that someone is thinking of me and wants to share a moment.
While I generally don’t play games on my phone, I do play Words With Friends (a lot), so I guess my
guilty pleasure game slice might be a bit larger than the sliver I originally thought it would be. (If any reader would like to play Words with Friends with me, just message me through my contact page with your Words with Friends ID.)
I often use the phone to check on the weather, breaking news stories, and maybe peek at the stock market. I might look up the hours of a store, or a yelp review for a restaurant, so I guess I’ll count all this as internet surfing, taking up a small (but vital!) portion of my phone time.
Reading on my iPhone is not something I do regularly, but I always have a book ready-to-go in my Kindle App, so that if I’m caught waiting somewhere I have my book to read (and this has come in very handy … many, many times).
The Camera on the iPhone is quite good and I use it often. I especially enjoy having the ability to share something immediately with a photo and a text message. I’m always delighted to receive a photo/message from someone as they are doing something that they enjoy. What a thrill to receive a photo from a traveling friend as she stands in front of the Grand Canyon, but it can also be as simple as sharing a picture of a delicious dessert. Texting a photo makes us feel closer and that is priceless.
Reminders and Lists and Notes and the Calendar. These don’t take up a lot of time, but I use them often (depend on them!) and they keep me organized and functional.
And finally, the Phone. The actually talking-into-it phone part of the iPhone. While it’s certainly handy to have a phone function on the iPhone , I don’t actually spend much time using it.
So here’s my very informal breakdown:
If you have a moment, I’d love to know how you use your phone. Mostly for ….. what?? Do you use it for talking to actual people ? Playing games? Listening to music? Watching videos? Organizing? Twittering? Facebooking? Inquiring minds…