Sometimes I can’t believe how much technology controls me.
I’ve had a cellphone for a long, long time. I’ve always turned to it as my No. 1 way to stay in contact with people. I really love my iPhone but I’m starting to realize that it really has a dark side.
Apple has created this amazing device for me. I can shop, watch TV, flirt with my girlfriend and even go shopping wherever I am.
If I have a question about most anything, a digital woman named Siri is there anytime day or night to quench my curiosity.
Siri helps me find my way to a destination when I’m driving my car.
All I have to say is, “Siri, navigate to home” and a detailed map with turn-by-turn directions appears on my large touchscreen in the middle of my dash.
It’s nearly impossible to get lost anymore.
I ask my phone for the latest news and it will read it to me.
Ask her the price of gold or the price of a stock and wham — she looks it up and quickly reports back about the closing bell from Wall Street.
It’s all magical — or is it?
I suffer from too much screen time. Now my iPhone reports back to me about how much time I spend on my device per day.
It is alarming when your phone openly admits to you that you’re addicted to it.
I’m not about to disclose my screen time but I will say that if there is a 12-step iPhone program out there, I probably need to go to meetings at this point.
Have you ever been sitting there and you think that your phone, which is always on vibrate so it doesn’t bother other people, goes off? But it’s not ringing — it’s just another phantom vibration that your body thinks is real.
I always wear my phone on a belt clip on my left side.
Sometimes I feel phantom vibrations that make me think that my phone is going off while I’m actually holding my phone in my hands. Often I’m actually just hungry.
Have you ever wondered where the heck you’ve put your phone now and started hunting for it, and the phone is in your hands the whole time. Yep, I’ve been there.
I’m not proud of the digital addict that I’ve become but I really don’t see any way that I’m going back.
Not only do I have daily screen time on my iPhone but I also have two desktops, a laptop and an iPad in my life.
All are made by Apple except one PC desktop, which I use every morning to surf Facebook and beyond.
From the second I wake up about 4:30 or 5 a.m., I turn on the coffee pot and the PC. I usually enter the password in the PC while the coffee pot is warming up because I don’t want to miss a second of the action.
I make a cup of my favorite joe in my single-cup brewer and I’m online in less than a minute.
Facebook is usually where I go first but I also browse Craigslist, news websites and a large number of camera and photographic websites daily.
I regularly play an online game named GuruShots. It is really a non-stop photographic competition and it’s a blast. You have to be a skilled photographer to go very far. I’m a master, just one step away from being a guru.
I read more web content every morning before 6 a.m. than most people read all day.
I know that all of this screen time can’t be good for me but I have to accept it and evolve into what we, as humans, will become.
Will I someday have a Wi-Fi connection surgically installed in my brain?
Will the new Canon 56-megapixel camera actually be a zoom-lens-capable eye that replaces my non-dominant eye?
Can we overcome computers before technology launches a revolution and overthrows humanity?
What is my cellphone planning to do when it outgrows my brainpower?
Scary stuff to contemplate!
Justice reporter Jim Headley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.