Sunday, March 11, 2012

My secret bad habit: I'm addicted to my phone!!

Hello, my name is Makhosazana Ndlovu and I'm addicted to my phone. And it's not just my phone that I'm enamored with, Twitter and Facebook are also my drugs of choice. To make matters worse, I just bought the new iPhone 4s (humble brag) and my addiction literally just went through the roof! With my new handy phone, I can speak to family members all over the world, play games, read the news, watch movies and most importantly boss Siri around. Friends, I am in digital heaven.

Only one teeny weeny bad thing about my habit- quite frankly, my phone antics are a little rude.

I will be mid conversation and pick up my phone to take a "twitter break". Oh, it get's worse- no place is scared. In the middle of the night, much to the dismay of my boyfriend, I will wake up and check the news or twitter as a sanity check (oh the irony) just make sure I'm not missing anything. Whether I'm at dinner, a grocery store, the subway station, in a lounge/club, church even (yikes) my phone is my constant buddy, just a fingertip away. I'll admit I'm a hot mess. But to my defense, I'm a blogger and a news junkie. I have to stay on the pulse of what's going on so I can constantly be in the loop. Lame right? Ok fine .The truth is twitter is so darn addicting. There's always something going on and with me being super nosy..twitter attempts to fill an insatiable void. I know, it's messy.


Celebrities are probably the worst phone hogs. When Kim Kardashian visited South Africa last year, most people I spoke to complained of her incessant phone use. Home-girl has even been photographed receiving google alerts about herself. Everyone from Elizabeth Hurley, P.Diddy to Robert DeNiro seem to be also insanely addicted to their phones, regardless of what social setting their in. But again in their defense celebs are SUPER busy and their phones keep them working giving them the ability to answer emails, tweets and texts. Kim K has over 14 millions fans on twitter that demand her attention,  it's a hard job but someone's gotta do it!
We are living in interesting times. I'm curious to see how the forthcoming generations will interact socially. Will the text replace the phone call? Now that we can watch movies on our phones, will movie theaters be replaced? And most importantly what impact will the technological changes have on our society. I know of a man who forbids anyone in his family to bring phones, laptops or any devices to the table. He speaks with outrage at the ten second delays he receives from either his wife or kids while texting so therefore his house is a phone free zone.

So tell me, are you addicted to your phone like me? Or do you consider it bad ettiquette to use your phone in every single social setting?

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