I confess that my mobile phone is always switched on – but I don’t believe I am a phonie as defined by Karen Von Hahn. These are “people who exist somewhere in between the actual time, place and conversation occurring in front of them and another place, somewhere at the other end of the phone”.
You can see the phonie on trains, standing forlornly outside pubs, walking around supermarkets, even sitting with their phonie mates – all surgically connected to the mobile.
Even sadder are the fake-phonies, people using Mobile Faker to help them run their lives – to the extent of faux friends and lives to impress others.
Or the power phonie – like French president, Sarkozy at the G8 summit who seemed to need to be somewhere other than in the presence of powerful world leaders.
I’m not a big texter either, and think it is rude to be texting when you are with other people. I glare at students for doing this in class – with the look that makes my dogs cry!
A variant on the phonie is the Crackberry addict, who need to check their emails constantly. I did consider whether I needed to access email when out of the office and decided that it wasn’t really necessary.
I am even content to avoid constant email access in the office – I much prefer to periodically send/receive so that I can attempt to plan my time at the computer.
My online addiction is probably blogging and my bloglines account, although I don’t always get a fix at weekends and am not anxious when out of the office. But I do like being able to monitor blogosphere and contribute a posting most days.
Are you a phonie or do you have a digital addiction? What about sharing any experiences in this regard?
[Thanks to Judy Gombita for the topic idea]