Debbie M asks:
How do I deal with having a smart phone? How to I carry it? Where do I bring it? When do I have it on? I don’t want to turn into one of those people who’s always attached to the phone even when I’m socializing with actual people in person, or watching a movie with them, or attending class with them, etc. And I don’t want to mess it up or be uncomfortable carrying it in my pants pocket. I don’t always have a purse or wear a blazer.
In the interest of full disclosure neither #2 nor I have a smart phone, but we can still opine! And, of course, the grumpy nation knows best.
If it won’t fit in your pocket, get a different phone. My opinion would be to leave it on vibrate and leave it in your pocket and don’t use it unless you have to. You can stick it in your bookbag or something. Everyone’s always losing theirs too, or spending a lot of brain time making sure it isn’t lost, so… ugh. Why not just put it right next to your wallet and treat it just like your wallet? Wherever you carry your keys & ID, just carry it in there and ignore it like you ignore those things, is my totally-made-up advice.
#2 tends to leave her flip phone places and then it runs out of batteries and she finds it days later and oops, she’s missed a text or a voice-mail that she got days ago and has to call back and apologize. That’s kind of bad etiquette too, except the apologizing part. She does let people know that her DH is MUCH better about keeping his phone on him and energized so he’s a better person to contact. Sadly, moms wanting to do playdates will dig up her phone number even when she’s only given them DH’s. *sigh*
Other (better) thoughts?