Smartphones ~ Tool or Toy?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Baby PhoneI have written in the past about the importance of Disconnect Zones or periods in the day where you"unplug" from your phone but what about asking,

      Tool or Toy?

Today's powerful phone IS a computer more than a phone and if you are on it all the time HOW do you get anything ELSE done?

I think you should do more than put the notification just to vibrate.

You should put it AWAY from you from time to time, even in the business day. Away from a pocket or purse, perhaps in a drawer or another room.

The smartphone should have YOU in control, a tool predominantly for functions, email, text, voice, apps BUT occasionally a toy, fun on social media or games or family photo taking etc. WHERE the toy gets you in trouble is inordinate amount of time with distraction or wasting time. Looking at Facebook in a slow grocery line or after a morning coffee I get that. BUT when you have much higher priority away from the phone activities you need to do, like they say with not texting and driving, IT CAN WAIT.

GRAB control of phone as TOOL in your day and PUT IT AWAY FROM YOU. You might break that prideful record of picking up every call on the first ring, or texting someone back in two minutes, BUT trust me, the world will still go on.

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Noah Seidenberg
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Gary, I think a little of both. 

Mar 07, 2016 12:42 AM #1
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Belinda Spillman
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I agree.  These people that are tied to their phone 24/7 just make me crazy.  Sometimes you just need to set the phone down and LOOK UP or you will miss the world as it goes by without you.  

Mar 07, 2016 12:56 AM #2
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good afternoon Gary,

Our phones are put away for dinner and first thing in the morning til 7am.

It is both and then waiting sometimes would mean going back to twiddling my thumbs!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 07, 2016 01:08 AM #3
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Gary - this is really becoming our work tool but, yes, it is also a toy.  We are sometimes too connected.

Mar 07, 2016 03:57 AM #4
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Sharon Lee
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Ha ha this coming from the guy who sleeps with his phone. Smiling

Mar 07, 2016 05:11 AM #5
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William Feela
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For me it is more of a tool than a toy.  But if I didn't need it for business I would have a track phone

Mar 07, 2016 06:25 AM #6
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I don't know Gary....have you ever forgotten that phone at home?  It just doesn't seem like we could survive a day without our phones anymore. lol  

I consider mine tools but I am terrified to be without a phone once I leave home. 

Good post.  

Mar 07, 2016 07:08 AM #7
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Donna Foerster
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Gary, I'm doing my best to turn off the ringer throughout the day and just simply "be" without making or receiving calls, texts or emails! It's a challenge for sure. The "smartphone"/device just makes it too easy to stay connected 24/7/365.

Mar 07, 2016 07:20 AM #8
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Gary, yes of course, in any part of our lives, balance is key. I'm one of those very few "odd ones" who doesn't even have a smart phone. I don't even really know how to work them. I know! I've been living away from society long enough that this is an old habit--to disconnect on a regular basis--one of those double edged-swords of living where there is no cell service. 

Mar 10, 2016 03:51 AM #9
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Gary, I love the photo. I use my phone as a tool and not a toy.

Mar 13, 2016 09:45 PM #10
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Good Monday to you Gary Woltal -

You're on a roll with this one.  I've been talking (nagging) to John bringing to this attention that his obsession or addiction to his phone is uncalled for. He's not all that important that he can not get through a short meal without checking his text and emails three times!  I'm sending this over to his desk now. 

Debbie ~ 

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