How Many Apps Do You Really Need?

As time keeps ticking and the days, weeks, and months zoom by like trees out the window of an Uber, I strive to find ways to extend my seconds, minutes, and hours.  During my latest round of contemplation, I realized that I spend a lot of time flipping through my phone aimlessly.  I mean sometimes I feel like it’s an addiction.  Like a nervous tic or something.

The need to keep up with information, and make sure all daily tasks are taking care of is really starting to cramp my style.  Even worse I feel like I’m wasting time playing with this TOY when I could be doing something more constructive with my time. 

Even if it were just having a long conversation with someone.  I can remember back to a time when people would have casual conversation on the bus, train, or in a cab.  It still happens, but with every year that closes, I see communication dwindling.

There’s An App For That

I bet there’s an app for this…hold on let me check.  Yup, I was right.  Just type in “smartphone addiction” into the search bar of the App Store or Google Play.  How ironic, huh.  Or is it genius? 

Before I looked into this article from The Guardian titled, Smartphones are addictive and should carry a health warning, say academics, I was already looking at my phone asking myself, “what the hell am I doing with all these apps.” 

I’m not the narcissistic type who’s taking selfies all day and checking social media to see how many LIKES, FAVORITES, and FOLLOWERS I’m accumulating, but let me tell you, at this point, I am wondering how the hell I ended up with 3 pages of apps.  Not just apps…apps inside of the little boxes with the titles.  Looks like apps inside of apps.

One for Sports, one for…well I’m not going to get into all that, but some of these apps I haven’t used in a year or more.  I know I know it’s nice to have an app already installed just in case you need it, but coming from a guy who knows for a fact most if not all these apps are spying on us in addition to the battery life they are sucking out of my phone. 

Now add in the fact that I’m shuffling through these little icons like a game of Candy Crush and I’m now convinced it’s time to make a move.

Endless Scroll

It doesn’t help matters when most websites are always coercing you into downloading their app every time you visit their mobile site either. So, chucking your apps and depending on Google or Duck Duck Go for the answers to all your problems is out of the question.  Some of these apps are actually very useful.  What’s a smartphone user to do, huh?

Have you ever seen an ancient scroll? Centuries ago those sheets of papyrus were used to send information.  No, they weren’t able to count your steps or give you instant access to the world (or give you cancer), but they were real, physical objects that you could touch, feel and smell.  There was a connection. 

Where did it come from? How did it get here? The only connection going on between you and most of your apps is the WiFi connection.  The cold disconnect brewing inside of our beings is slowly turning us from humans into machines.  Easily manipulated by notifications and alerts.

Here’s the plan.  Delete the apps you don’t use and pick up a book as often as you can. You’ll notice the humanity pumping through your veins again instantly.  I can’t believe I was really going to look into those smartphone addiction apps.  What am I an “Apphead“? 

If you need any of those you’re in deep you know what. Instead, Imagine yourself on the corner of a seedy block, ashy lips and hands, begging every single passerby; “You got any apps?  Anything new?  I’ll even take an old version before your last update!”

How many apps do you really need? You tell me. Did this bring some clarity to the situation? Leave a reply in the comment box below.

[Feature Photo by Rami Al-zayat on Unsplash]

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