Smartphones have become nearly ubiquitous in modern society. For some, the bond with a smartphone is quasi-religious, which is appropriate, because it is possible to misuse the devices – sin even.
With that in mind (and a tongue in cheek), here are the seven deadly smartphone sins.
PRIDE: Smartphone users have a sense of superiority over people still stuck with landlines. Landlines, they say, are for either their mothers, or annoying telemarketers who call at inconvenient times.
During the era of the landline, people learned phone numbers by heart. Now they just exchange Facebook profiles. But at least back then, you didn’t risk being run over while reading your mobile and crossing the street.
GREED: Modern smartphone users seem willing to do anything to find a cheap deal. They’ll hunt for hours for a cheap app, will try on clothing in a regular store and order it online, or will use barcode scanners to compare prices. But if enough people adopt that attitude, there will soon be no more bricks and mortar shopping to be had.
LUST: It’s easy to track down new highs with a smartphone.
Sometimes it seems the internet was created just to deliver sex and pornography. But it extends further than that, especially the need to live one’s life digitally. It’s almost a requirement to record everything now: concert-goers no longer have their hands free to clap because they’re recording. And who’s watching all this?
WRATH: This isn’t a trait so much of the smartphone-user, as of those others enraged because they’re being ignored while the smartphone user is engaged with his gadget.
Smartphones have made it too easy to track the world, making many scared that they might be missing something. It’s reached the point people gathered at bars are more likely to check their devices than interact with one another.
GLUTTONY: Users tend not to be able to get enough of their smartphones, whether it be apps, games, chats of never-ending conversations that disturb others in public spaces. It also makes it possible for users to weigh in on every event, whether they know the subject or not. Some might be better off being quiet and giving their fingers a rest.
ENVY: It’s easy to get envious when your online friends only post good news about their lives, families and vacations, at least that’s what German researchers have found. But that’s because people are only likely to post the good news.
People try to make themselves feel better by posting their own good news, which starts the cycle all over again.
SLOTH: People have lost appreciation for the fact that they’re actually carrying quite a powerful computer with them.
And it makes everything so much easier, from heading out without plans (there will be a map). Everything can be done on the road.
Plans can stay vague until the last minute, because everyone can communicate under way. But it all comes at a cost to dependability. (dpa)