Our phones can feel like an extension of ourselves. They have become permanent appendages, not only because we rarely put them down, but because we depend on them for so much now.
Text, email, memes, games, music, GIFs, GPS, every social media app known to man… it’s all available at our fingertips. We love having instant access to what is happening in the world.
And most of our friends and family are on social media. We love being able to socialize from the comfort of our living rooms, and we really love not having to put on a bra.
So our families might complain that we’re obsessed with our phones, but we know that it’s just our way of feeling connected to the rest of the world, without having to make eye contact. And luckily there are lots of people on Twitter who love their phones as much as we do.
We love instant gratification and have zero patience for waiting:
*video doesn’t load within 2 seconds* well i guess i’ll never know
— no (@tbhjuststop) September 11, 2015
But mostly we really hate being bored:
Smartphones are pacifiers for adults.
— Mmmkay? (@missekay) July 21, 2013
We’re so used to having our phones that we’ve forgotten how to function without them:
When your phone dies in public and you don't know what to do with yourself pic.twitter.com/ICGDX7LkPb
— Slenda sama catalogue (@pelo_nomi) January 31, 2016
So we rarely put them down:
*Puts down phone*
OH MY GOD I HAVE ANOTHER HAND!
— Shari VanderWerf (@shariv67) September 27, 2015
Or forget our chargers:
Hold up, I forgot my phone charger.
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) March 26, 2015
But we take breaks from them when we absolutely need to:
After a few days without my phone, I've learned what's really important in life.
— Shari VanderWerf (@shariv67) September 12, 2015
Because it’s important to have our priorities straight:
*wakes up from 2 year coma surrounded by friends & family
Where's my phone?
— Mattzilla™️ (@mattZillaaaa) December 7, 2014
People who love their phones love their social media, too:
from left to right: me on twitter, facebook, tumblr, instagram, and linkedin pic.twitter.com/sLDFpPsgzk
— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) February 26, 2017
And we each have our favorite:
me in 5th grade: if i can go on the computer today thatd be neat
me now: if im not scrolling twitter while i brush my teeth im going to die
— jack (@jackhaveitall) March 13, 2017
And we all know some trolls:
Well, well, well, if it isn't the guy from Twitter that told me to go fuck myself pic.twitter.com/GqEI5H6Ot8
— jhon rules (@dearjhonletter) August 28, 2015
We love our notifications, maybe a little too much:
*phone vibrates, gets excited*
*only a notification that my phone battery is low*
— Maddie ❤ (@maddieblum) February 12, 2016
Sometimes our significant others get jealous of our phones:
"I wish you looked at me the way you look at your phone"
— BRIA BACKWOOD$ (@BRIABACKWOODS) December 3, 2015
And it can be hard to try to find a good balance:
In the 90s if a woman said "my eyes are up here" it was because a guy was staring at her chest
Today it's because he's staring at his phone
— Joel (@joeljeffrey) June 13, 2015
And we put limits on our kids’ screen time, but not our own:
"Go make some new friends," I tell my kids, as I scroll through my phone at the park.
— Ramblin' Mama (@ramblinma) July 9, 2017
And sometimes we even make plans around our phones:
Parenthood is so hard. Like when you're at the pool & your kids want to stay longer but your phone has 2% battery.
— Karen Johnson (@21stcenturysahm) June 15, 2017
We literally panic when our phones are about to die:
Using my phone after the low battery warning comes on is as close as I'll get to dismantling a bomb.
— Jake Vig (@Jake_Vig) September 12, 2015
And we will do whatever we can to keep that from happening:
“what’s your favorite position in bed?”
near the wall so I can use my phone while it’s charging
— Funny Quotes (@FunnyQuotees) December 2, 2015
When you charge your phone so often you basically have a landline.
— Nicole Spivey (@RN_Spivey) November 29, 2015
But there are some parts of phone-free life that we miss:
God I miss the days when you could lose touch with people.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) May 12, 2015
It’s tough to find an excuse not to respond these days:
hey sory i just saw this mesage u sent last month even tho all my notifications make sounds and my phone is in my hand even when im sleeping
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) October 7, 2015
And we secretly wish they’d just cut us off sometimes:
I think after taking ten selfies your phone should shut down until you read a book.
— Rock🇺🇸 (@TheMichaelRock) August 31, 2015
But I will never apologize for the selfies:
Ugh kids so narcissistic with their "selfies" I miss the good old days when people commissioned 8 ft tall oil portraits
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) April 9, 2016
It’s a blessing and a curse to have this amount of tech available to us. It’s important to find a balance and look up and enjoy the real world sometimes. But you’ll never take my phone until you pry it from my cold, dead, badly carpal-tunneled hands.