Think about your smartphone differently

I often think about why I make the choices that dictate the outcome of my life. I want to be successful, like most people, and I want to get there fast. Becoming the best person you can be is turning out to be one of the driving factors which compels a person to wake up every day and live their life. The job is different for each person and with the variety of jobs out there the chance of you getting it depends on how well you can do that specific task. One thing universal to everyone is the access to internet and its complete vast infinity. As you’re going to grab a coffee to wake you up after lunch or you are riding your bike to work, someone somewhere is uploading an article or picture or video or song. Chances are there is more than one person doing it, but someone is seeing that and reacting to it. People are fortunate enough to have pocket computers every day for two-thirds of their day to keep with people and information. Rethinking personal phone usage by using applications efficiently, tailoring your feeds to your true interests, and combining your passion with technology can radically improve the way you live your life and how well you do in it.

Statista, a collected data as recently as July that estimates there are about 1.6 million applications available for the Android market and 100,000 less for the iPhone market. There is a wide variety of applications that can make you a master brick breaker, an eSports news aficionado, or up to date on every trend on YouTube.  Games like Candy Crush and Temple Runner, social media applications like Instagram and Facebook, all of them provide a service to the user or a means to communicate. Finding the best way to use your phone includes applications like these, but you may not be using them to their full potential. There is no degree from the university of smartphones, but you also would have trouble finding gainful employment by posting your highest Candy Crush score on you resume. You may be able to impress a potential employer with your knowledge on a particular subject with that article you read on UX / UI trends. Using Facebook or Instagram to follow a favorite design firm or local theater can keep you in the loop with current news in the field or even find inspiration for your next painting.

According to an article posted on Business Insider, Facebook estimates users spend close to 40 minutes a day on its application. A large number of people will claim they use it to keep in touch with family and friends, and as they should, that is what the application is designed for. But what if you used it more efficiently? What if instead, you didn’t use your phone and you worked on that homework or put away the dishes. Time efficiency is a common enemy for everyone, but it is conquerable. It is not an easy process, but with the pace at which a person must travel through their life it seems overwhelming at times and a quick escape may provide a small relief from the weight of becoming the best you. No one is saying delete Facebook, delete Instagram, or throw your phone in the trash, but I suggest you use it more efficiently. Spending 30 minutes reading an article about your current or potential career is clearly more beneficial to you in the long term. You can channel your feeds for news that applies to you. Everyone loves cat pictures and comical Vines, but it is reasonable to think spending less time on them and more time on your progression as a master of your craft will help you in the long term. Delete all the “time wasting” applications on your phone.

Often, we learn from and observe the greats of that time era. We observe their work and we gain inspiration and influence from these masters of their trade. Masters like Da Vinci and Michelangelo apprenticed at young ages and always worked on the skills that would set the foundations for their legendary works. Fourteen for Da Vinci, thirteen for Michelangelo. Without all of the distractions of everyday life, time was spent drawing and sketching and looking and observing anything and everything that involved their artistry. Smartphones are impressive and useful and one of the neatest inventions I have seen evolve over the last twenty years. Imagine if you combined the technology of today with the drive and determination of the past. Your phone is a book, it is a sketchpad / notebook, it is a camera, it really is almost anything you want it to be. Maximizing the way you use your phone can give you an advantage over the average user and that person you’re competing against for that new job.

Exploring the idea of bettering yourself by cutting out some downtime or some time to “escape” for life may seem a little nuts but, yes but, it could be better than what you’re doing now. Use applications with a purpose! Customize those news feeds to give you information that will make you more intelligent. Use applications that help with memory or cognitive thinking. You could watch a couple Vines or a few videos of trucks getting stuck in the mud, or you could spend a few moments reading about a new method of print. The choice lies with the person making them and it is not always easy to make the right one.  Rethinking personal phone usage by using applications efficiently, tailoring your feeds to your true interests, and combining your passion with technology can give you the knowledge to make the right ones in your life that will help you reach your long term goals faster.

Works Cited

“How much time do people spend on Facebook per day” Business Insider. n.p. 8 Jul. 2015 Web. 17 Jan 2016

“6 Facts about Americans and their smartphones ” Pew Research Center. n.p. 1 Apr. 2015 Web. 15 Jan 2016

“Number of apps available” Statistia. n.p. Jul 2015 Web. 22 Jan 2016

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