iPhone Apps

Lifehacker published a list of their favorite apps for the iPhone. Since I am glued to my iPhone, I was interested in the recommendations and found some new apps I plan to download.

What are your favorite apps? Did they make Lifehacker’s list? The apps I use daily are:

I play these games daily, but my taste in games changes over time.
If you play any of these, let me know so we can start a game!
When I think about our (my) addiction to smart phones, a quote from Dare Me by Megan Abbott comes to mind. Addy describes holding her phone as though she carried her heart in her hand. Less poetic, research about our changing brain structures due to the internet intrude and it reminds me how prophetic Marge Piercy in Woman on the Edge of Time appears in retrospect with characters who carry memories and information on external devices.

Lifehacker Pack iPhone Apps

Forgotten Phone

Often, I run late. I miscalculate how long it will take to finish a task or to park or walk from A to B. Today was no different. Though I’d started the morning with plenty of time to make it to my afternoon meeting, when I needed to leave the house, I was rushing to get my material together, find a quick snack for the car, and secure a Diet Coke. 

Alas, once I got to campus, my phone wasn’t in my purse, and I realized I’d left it on top of some boxes in the living room where I’d carefully placed it to remind me to put it in my purse. At first, I had a bit of panic. What if I needed to call someone? (Note: I call grandma every few weeks, and that is it.) More importantly, how would I take pictures? How would I check my email? What if something was required of me? Normally, I have my phone near me at all times. I remember a line from Dare Me, which you should read if you haven’t, about the rivalries among the girls in a cheerleading squad, about the omnipresent cell phones, their hearts in their hands
I know that many of my students have a real addiction to their cell phones (and they should read this article in Psychology Today.) Maybe my relationship with my iPhone is a simple as that. Not having my phone today, though, relieved me of a burden. I know that the recommendation to turn off electronics is not new or revolutionary, but, after the initial anxiety, knowing that I absolutely could not check my email, at least for the afternoon, allowed me a nice respite from responsibility.