The newest iPhone convert

I’m officially converted.

To say I’m obsessed with my new iPhone, a Christmas gift from my parents, is a horrific understatement. If I thought I was spending way too much time plugged into technology before, that desire to be connected all the time has increased tenfold.

I had a smartphone before, yes, and checked my email constantly. When I was feeling adventurous, I updated Twitter or tried to post a photo to Facebook. But I didn’t realize how clunky my old Palm Pre had become until my iPhone was synced up. Being able to seamlessly update the many websites to which I contribute with just a few clicks? Awesome.

Of course, I’m wary of going overboard. I know how easy it is to burn people out on your steams of Instagram photos (awesome!) and ridiculous updates on your lunch. I take a lot of food photos. I don’t want to be That Guy.

But what I am, apparently? Another Words With Friends nutcase. I have 18 games going right now with the likes of Beth F, Kathy, Meredith and more. I’ve lost most of my battles, friends, but I’m still aiming to win the war. (Someday. And I’m “writemeg” in the app, by the way.) It’s completely addictive and distracting, and I’m to the point that I must physically move my iPhone out of grasp so that I don’t tinker with it for hours on end.

And there’s even a Kindle app. Be still my beating heart.


23 thoughts on “The newest iPhone convert

  1. Yes, yes, welcome to the cult. The apps, the Kindle, the WWF, the instant connection with Facebook. if you ever run out of opponents on WWF, I’m “youvegottaread”.

  2. Let me gift you a photo app back: Skitch. I’ve only used it on the iPad but it’s pretty cool allowing you to–among other things–draw on the photo and add text. The app icon is a cute pinkish heart which will probably “play” better on your phone than mine. (now I’m fearing this is iPad only)

    I can’t imagine that you have time to read Nicholas Carr’s “The Shallows,” but it explores the impact the internet is having on your reading, writing, and thinking. It’s probably launched me into teaching a digital / social themed writing course this semester if I ever get off of reading websites and get to work.

    I can’t stop myself. Mac Power Users is a great podcast. Listen while you commute or workout.

    So the iPhone is awesome and scary at the same time.

  3. Another convert! I’ve only had my phone slightly longer than you – but holy scrabble, Batman! 18 Words with Friends Games?! I’m impressed. I though my five was a lot. I was clearly wrong. Also, I too love my Kindle app.

    And not that you need another time-waster, but check out Fruit Ninja. It’s ridiculous and amazing at the same time.

  4. Yes, the addiction is pretty bad. If I have nothing to do for about 10 seconds (in line, etc.) I reach for the phone. If you are looking to start any more games I am Jenny-Takemeaway. Awesome Note is my favorite to do/list/diary app. I’m a big Tetris person so I like the EA Tetris app too. That’s just a couple of the many I’m addicted to , LOL

  5. Here’s another little diversion. since you play “Words With Friends” you might like to visit my blog to try my TV trivia anagram game. unscrambling letters to make words is good practice for WWF.

  6. Oh, technology. 🙂 My husband got me a Kindle for Christmas. It took me a couple of days to be convinced to use it, but now I LOVE it. I’ve got thirty books that don’t weigh anything in my purse! My Metro commute is much improved.

  7. I’m kind of afraid that if I get an iPhone, my fiance and I will totally stop communicating with each other other than via iPhone. He’s pretty addicted to his and I have no doubt I’ll get addicted to mine-if I ever dare get one.

  8. Welcome to the madness!!!! I’m right there with you. My mom even upgraded recently, and if I HEAR one more game of Angry Birds…

    Glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂 I’m sharing your link on today’s Linkapalooza post. 🙂

  9. I love my iPhone, I had a 3GS, now a 4. I love my apps, the ease of social media and connecting. My daughter just got a 4S for Christmas, so she has the Suri, or you can talk to your phone ability, it’s really wild.
    I am not hooked on WWF, perhaps I’m afraid of being beat too much!

  10. I’m due for an upgrade so I’ll be moving over to the dark side shortly. Have fun with it! As you know, we share an obsession with taking pictures of food, so I say the more the better.

  11. I feel like such a dinosaur with my Razr phone. And to think, just a few years ago I was on the cutting edge of technology with that phone! I suppose it’s only a matter of time before I move on to smartphone land.

  12. You are too too funny…now you need to download and play words with friends!!!

    I am playing 6 games as we chat!!!

  13. Oh how terribly I want an iPhone! I have this little dinky Android. Honestly, I went into a radioshack the other day because Z needed to pick up a cable, and the woman behind the cash register LAUGHED at our phones. That’s how silly they are.

  14. i’m a wwf addict too! i don’t have 18 games going on, i’m only sitting at 12 right now, but every time i’m bored i whoop out my phone and the wwf app and start a new game with a random opponent if noone is currently playing. i’ll have to add you. i’m currently on a losing streak right now too, but i’m having enough fun playing the game that i don’t really care. 🙂

  15. Tell me about it! I got my iPhone a few months ago and I am addicted! I am so thankful for the convenience of checking my email anywhere, but the apps are really a big part of it.

    I’m abbyang93 on words with friends, by the way. I lost all of my games in the beginning but now things are looking up.

  16. I’ve been a Mac convert for years, but nothing prepared me for the iPhone! When I got mine I fell in love, now I’m eyeing up an iPad. Never satisfied.

  17. welcome to the dark side. ant couldn’t understand my obsession until he got his iphone…now the two of us are ridiculous with them. as for WWF, i’m playing more than 40 games right now with students, family, and friends–and even one student’s mom! (if you get invited to games you can play more than 20). come play with me!!!

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