We often talk of the advantages we have when it comes to making friends via technology. While the Internet is a vast playground, replete with bullies and thieves, it offers us many advantages. Lizzie and I were discussing the pros and cons of digital life, when the discussion turned to apps. Want to eavesdrop? Little V can give you lessons.
CrackBerry BlackBerry owner, most of my tele apps are all business and productivity. Then, we got the PlayBook. The world of apps blew up. Man Cub is a sucker for an ad saying, “Buy this upgraded app!” Getting him back to whatever he was doing has taught me there are loads and loads of apps.
I hear there’s an app for just about everything these days. I hear it everywhere I go, “Oh Hun, there’s as app for that.”
I believe it too. I have found some pretty wonky apps on days I find myself bored, mind wandering aimlessly. I pick up my smart phone, hit the Market app thingy ma hoo-ha on the screen and in the search bar type a random word or a subject that I have thought about. I am instantly (or not, depending on what apps are running in the back round) transported to a mind-boggling selection some free, some for a fee, some useful, many ridiculous, apps to keep your life in order and your mind engaged.
It is not all that different from when we were children… except we had to do it with sticks and rocks, bicycles and ramps, trees and tree houses, slingshots and catapults. What? We were great at creating advanced weaponry and reconnaissance. Our imaginations invented loads of things, fun and devious. I truly do not ever remember being bored.
I don’t think my imagination has been compromised, but I worry about my kids. It would seem with the advent of apps, boredom has become obsolete.
My concern is because when I was a kid, boredom was the mother of invention and usually the predecessor of my imagination running wild. I have lots of cool stories that started with being bored. Games invented, trouble I got into, books I read,art created, fun I had. There was no platform, no parameters, no limitations due to low available memory. No app. My mind ran free.
My kids get bored, and they have an app for that. A bunch of them. Where’s the need to be creative? Scary really.
You know I am not to that point yet. Well, that is not entirely true. My younger children are using apps to create. Drawing. Writing. Animating.
My older children grew up on the sticks and rocks model until they were old enough for iPhone. Still, about half of them are doing the organizational thing to remember birthdays and appointments.
I do admit that some of them make life more manageable. Calendars, organizers, pill reminders, shopping and to do lists to name a very few of them. The Locator App is pretty cool so you don’t lose your kids. I’m not sure how my mom survived our childhood, without losing her marbles, without it.
See, how unfair is that? When I talked about wanting to know where all my children were all the time to reduce worry, I was a Nazi. Now, GPS for children is not all that uncommon any more. Can you imagine how different our lives would have been?
Most assuredly if apps had been around when I was younger my life may have taken some different turns. The ones that track your cycle and warn you indicate you may be ovulating, might just have been helpful. I don’t dwell on it much because that would mean one or more of my kids might not be present today. But every once in a while I find myself to the point of mumbling under my breath after a particularly frustrating interaction, “Why the flippin’ hell did I not have an app for that?”
Harmless. Just a what if.
It is inevitable.
Surely, the apps available are evidence that imagination is alive and well and now if you can think it, you can have an app for it.
I’ve just been thinking since apps are most likely here to stay I have a few that would make my life better, and I hope that someone will be able to create soon.
You know I want to develop an app for the children to communicate better using touch tech. I use plenty for school work to make it more palatable.
I also want to make one with Blue Tooth to write my stinking grocery list, so I cannot leave it at home. What would you like an app to do?
I would like to have an app to:
- Lock down my phone when I get into power text mode. (Put it under psychology, emotional health and/or bipolar. It would be popular I am sure.)
- Mend my broken heart.
- Make breakfast for the kids when they get up too early on a Saturday.
- Find the other sock for all those socks.
- Predict rate at which we will run out of TP, and then set a reminder 2 days prior that tells me every 10 minutes to buy some. It would have to have an alarm only disarmed by scanning in a receipt.
- Last 5 min do-over. For those times I speak before I think…
- Considering my current single status, maybe a personal vibrating massager (For my shoulders, you know. I can’t quite hit that spot.)
Oh wait. Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Wow! I am
amused amazed. There IS an app for that.
See, your imagination is not hindered in the slightest! The first one already exists, despite protests throttling is illegal in most countries, and the second to last one would be the most popular thing ever. Back in the sticks and rocks days, we all wanted a rod and reel which would reel the words back.
I am going to have to think about what I would want my app to do. Hmm…
If you could build an app, what would it do? Which app would you like to see disappear from devices the world over?
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