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July 26, 2015


App-less in an Appy World

by Anne Paddock

On a recent trip, my husband and I were sitting in the Des Moines airport when we started discussing our boarding passes. I had two hard copies while he flashed his phone in front of me displaying a boarding pass on the screen. “It’s a Delta app” he said and proceed to show me all the information he had at his fingertips, none of which I really saw the importance of because I was in the habit of going to airline websites to make a flight reservation, check-in, change a ticket, or get a boarding pass. After all, if I didn’t check in, I would probably forget I was going somewhere.

One thing led to another and my husband realized there are no apps on my phone. Absolutely none. Shocking as it was, he turned to me and said “you’re app-less.” Yes, I’m app-less in an appy world” and I’m more than ok with that. Being tied to a phone (that I forget to turn on half the time) is about as appealing to me as walking in tall grass where ticks wait to jump on my skin hoping to suck the lifeblood out of me. Not that I’m comparing apps to ticks but there are some similarities. They draw you in, grab hold, demand your attention and suck your energy.

A few weeks ago, my friend – a recent first time grandmother – was telling me about her 30-ish daughter visiting with her brand new baby. One morning, the daughter was trying to load a breast-feeding app onto her phone. My friend – always the pragmatist – turned to her daughter and told her to simply put the baby on her breast when it cries. A novel idea, right? Or, when another friend suggested I download an app to learn how things work, all I could think about is why not read the directions or use YouTube? Is it me or am I just an app-less lone ranger in an appy world?

When it comes to texting, I’m just as guilty as the next person. I actually find texting a huge timesaver and tend to get a lot done using keystrokes on my phone. It’s also a great way to communicate with my daughter and husband when all three of us are running in different directions on our own schedules. But, I draw the line when we are eating a meal at home or in a restaurant. I want to look into my husband’s or daughter’s eyes when I talk to them and live in the moment so there are no cell phones at our table, which is just fine with all of us.

When we have friends for dinner, I thrive on the give and take of a dinner conversation whether we are talking about our day, the latest book we’ve read, world events, or some humorous event like when I walked out of the Target store with toilet paper hanging out the back of my pants (is that why everyone was staring at me?).  Since I live so much of my life – by choice – reading, writing, baking, cooking, running, doing pilates, and spending time with my family and animals, being tied to a device that demands more of my time and attention is not something I’m willing to do. So, yes I’m app-less in an appy world but I’m also very “h”appy about that.

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  1. Jul 26 2015

    Thanks Christine…

  2. Christine Cannon Bucher
    Jul 26 2015

    Anne, you are too funny and I agree with you. I, too, like paper for some odd, antiquated reason.

    Sent from my iPhone


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