Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smart-Phone Hygiene

An article I recently read talked about a woman face-booking friends while she was riding in the car with her husband. Ooops! Something's wrong with this picture. I admit that I have not been the best model of smart-phone hygiene, but I'm learning. It would be fun to develop a list of do's and dont's regarding smart-phone hygiene. Why? Because with all the attractive apps, it's way to easy to instantly check the stock-market, weather, news, sports, facebook, twitter, tide charts, currency rates, or the relative level of the table you are sitting at.
So here is when not to use a smart-phone:
1. In the bedroom with spouse (still awake)
2. During a date-night at the movie (or restaurant)
3. Any time during a family meal
4. At children's recital, concerts or plays
5. During a board or committee meeting (especially if you are chairing it)
6. In class during a long lecture
7. During a long pastoral prayer
8. On a walk with spouse (or boy/girl friend)
9. In the car (especially when driving)

When it's OK:
1. While the other person is shopping for shoes (women) or tools (men)
2. Airports
3. Alone
4. Any waiting room
5. Before anyone else is awake
6. After everyone else is asleep
7. When you are with anyone under 20 (excluding elementary children)


At 8:54 AM , Blogger Laura. said...

i particularly like the very last item on your list of "when it's okay to use it". everyone i know who has an iphone (well, in my immediate vicinity--you guys don't count, since i'm pretty sure you are an exception to this rule) is OBSESSED with it and will look for any excuse to use it, even when it is totally unnecessary (i.e. finding directions to a place i already know how to get to). i find that so unattractive, and it makes me not want an iphone!
okay, i'm done with my rant now.

At 9:14 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...


At 10:03 AM , Blogger Laura. said...

i know!

At 7:05 PM , Blogger E Erickson said...

Can you work on making that a LAW or something?

At 11:43 AM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

I think I'm guilty of most of those.


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