Confession; I couldn't ever last a day without my iPhone. But not for the reasons that you think.

My iPhone is like my own PA. It's an extension of me and my life and I genuinely feel like I've lost my left arm whenever I'm without it. It has everything on there; my calendar, my finances, my life in photo's (literally - I currently have 45k photo's on there!), my emails and of course all of the social media apps I can't last a few hours without. 

I've read a few posts recently about how a lot of us are attempting to have less screen time, in order to feel more relaxed, sleep better and feel less stressed. And I've also tried to do this (and failed miserably) multiple times. And then I got thinking about a typical day in the 'life of me', and I'm not really sure us millennials could ever go a day without our smart phones now. I mean, think about it...


If we rewind 20 years (which is only back to 1997 just FYI), back to our trusty Nokia's that were built like bricks, the only real purpose for having a mobile phone was for ringing people, texting people (but only briefly because you couldn't fit much on the bloomin' screen and you had to scroll for anything longer than 2 lines), and playing snake. Then we advanced and you could play music, have a ~few~ photos and videos and maybe get on the internet if you were lucky - although it cost an absolute fortune so everyone used to switch the feature off anyway. 

And then we had the blackberry obsession before iPhones appeared in 2007 and pretty much changed everything and now we're here. I remember my high school maths teacher used to always tell us that the computers NASA used to send Apollo 11 to the moon had no more power than our calculators do. So just think how powerful our phones could be! Isn't that a little bit crazy?!

Like I said before, my iPhone now holds my life. As Apple themselves say, 'there's an app for that'. And it's true. There's an app for everything. From online banking and being able to pay with everything on our phones, to tracking your menstrual cycle and contraception, to now even having 'work apps' on my phone that let me book annual leave, view my payslips and log & track feedback on the go.


However, what about all of the other stuff that I use my phone for?

- How would I know what time train I needed if I couldn't look at the National Rail app?
- How would I have ever found anything in London if it wasn't for CityMapper?
- How would anyone find anywhere new without Google Maps?
- How would I remember when my friends birthday's are?
- How would I remember about the coffee date I arranged weeks ago if my calendar didn't remind me?
- How would I know what to wear if I wasn't able to check the weather in the morning?

If I think my bag gets heavy & a complete mess now, just think what it would be like without my smartphone?

I'd need an actual calculator, a separate device to play music on, to carry my camera around every day, a huge paper map that I'd need to learn how to read, an address book, a Filofax, a cheque book and goodness knows what else and I'd have to just randomly turn up at the train station and hope for the best. And if I wanted to share photo's with my friends I'd have to pop round to theirs for a cuppa with my photo album in tow.

This is probably such a 'young person' thing to say, but what the bloomin' heck did people do without smart phones? It's crazy how much we rely on them now when you think about it, isn't it?

Soph

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  1. No, can't do without my phone too

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  2. I have friends all around the world, and need my phone so that I can keep in touch, or meet up with the ones who live nearby. I think I'd just be terrified to leave the house without a phone in the case of emergency. It's an addiction also, of course.

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    1. Exactly! Can you imagine still having to write letters to your friends and family to tell them things?! 🙈 x

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  3. These apps have made leaving our phones behind more difficult.

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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  4. I've been thinking this lately too! It seems so negative how much we rely on our phones (and it probably is in some respect - it is good to know what we would actually do if we didn't have these apps) but they're so blooming useful! We must be so much more productive nowadays with this technology than they used to be! I do literally have my life on my phone and losing it would be an absolute nightmare!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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    1. Exactly! Things get done so much quicker and our lives are so much easier now, aren't they? x

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  5. Love this Sophie and it's absolutely true. No matter how much I try to 'downtime' and not rely on my phone as much, I just can't. It's literally like a little life hub, they're so much more than phones these days X

    Hollie | ItsHollieAnn.com

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    1. Thanks Hollie! 'A little life hub' - I love that way of thinking of it! x

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  6. It's so true! I'd be completely lost without my phone.
    I recently moved over from paper diaries to iCal and I'm obsessed! I don't know what I'd do with it now and if I didn't have my phone, even for the day I'd be so lost!

    Dionne
    www.deedeelouise.com

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    1. Haha it's crazy how quickly we become reliant on them isn't it! xx

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  7. You're absolutely right! We are glued to our phones but all for good reasons!
    I'd be exactly the same, completely lost without my phone as I use it for so many things on a daily basis.

    http://www.lucymary.co.uk/

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    1. When I started thinking about how much I genuinely wouldn't be able to go a day without it, I thought it'd be purely my social media addiction, but then I realised it wasn't that at all but all the things I rely on it now for daily stuff! x

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