Why I Love My Phone – Emma B.
The birthday of my seventh grade year I received my first phone. This made me unique in the fact that most of my friends had already had phones since fourth or fifth grade. I was not desperate for a phone, though. I understood that with great power comes great responsibility,
and, once I got my phone, I paid my monthly payments. The sole purpose of me getting a phone was to provide a way to contact my parents. While communication (through calling, texting, and emailing) is still my main us of my phone, I have found that the Samsung S7 comes with other benefits as well.
As far as practical uses go, the camera on my phone is at the top of my list. Though I have a Canon camera, it is not always convenient to carry. However, my phone is small and is with me everywhere I go. Because of this feature, I am able to capture any moment I find myself in and easily share it with others.
Music is a very important part of American culture. Every morning I use my phone to play music for me as I get ready for the day. Some mornings I do not play music because I am so rushed, and the rest of my day is negatively affected. I am thankful to have unlimited access to music on the Google Play Music app on my phone. It is so much easier to type in a song on Google than to pick out and play a CD or record.
Every Christmas, the stress of buying gifts is renewed within me. Because I do not have a laptop, I depend on the mobile Amazon app. The amount of time between searching for an item and placing an order on Amazon can be less than five minutes, making it very convenient. Being able to track my orders is a big plus as well.
As a student, it is very important for me to be able to keep track of my grades. Nearly every day, I use the Information Now app on my phone to check my assignments and the grades I received on them. If it was not for my phone and the accessibility it provides to my grades, I would not be able to perform to my best ability in school.
The Online Banking app for my checking account has taught me how to manage my money responsibly. After every purchase with my debit card, I simply click on the app, login, and I can see my transactions and balance. When my parents were growing up, they did not have the financial advantages that my phone provides; I am thankful for these opportunities of responsibility.
Carrying a phone is much more compact than carrying a dictionary. And, in reality, I need a dictionary all the time because I am constantly reading words I do not know the complete definition of. It is very easy to define, find synonyms for, and antonyms for any word with my Merriam Webster Dictionary App. This convenience enables me to expand my vocabulary.
I am currently enrolled in Spanish Two and plan on taking many more foreign language classes. My mind is very curious. If I hear or read a Spanish word I am not familiar with, even if I am not required to know it for class, I use the Google Translate app on my phone to find the English translation. This app has been very beneficial for me and my inquisitive mind.
Google Maps is a genuine blessing. I have travelled all over the world and have found that I am not very skilled with directions. I simply type the address of my desired location and am provided with step-by-step directions on the fastest route to get there. This has saved me lots of time and kept me safe on multiples occasions.
Like many other teenagers, I have an Instagram account. Although it can be addictive, Instagram provides a way to keep up with my friends and make new friends all over the world. Looking at other people’s profiles provides inspiration for me to live healthier life, be more positive, and make diy projects.
Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite and most-visited places to eat. Since downloading the Chick-fil-A One app, I have saved dozens of dollars through coupons and reward points. Plus, when I tell my parents that I have a coupon to Chick-fil-A, it greatly increases the chances of us eating there! In addition to saving money, the app allows me to order online, meaning I can get my food faster!
Reading is a habit I am trying to establish. Paperback books are nice but are not always reasonable. Because I travel a lot, carrying a book creates a risk that the book may be left.
Fortunately, I can read any book on my phone that I can in paper. This is very convenient for when I am in airports, on trains, or waiting in a line. The most common reading app that I use is Daily Bible. It sends me Bible verses everyday to encourage me and fill me with truth. Another form of reading that I do everyday is with emails. Being able to access my email from my phone allows me to easily respond and establish important appointments. Some emails include educational articles and others include instructions and spreadsheets. Either way, the Gmail app provides a way for me to develop my reading skills.
Overall, my phone has made my life better. In addition to basic communication, my phone benefits me through the camera, Google Play music, Amazon, Information Now, Online Banking, Merriam Webster Dictionary, Google Translate, Google Maps, Instagram, Chick-fil-A One, Daily Bible, and Gmail apps. I understand that with great power comes great responsibility,
but not everyone can say the same. Because of this understanding, I am able to use self-control and keep my phone in its place – not allowing it to rule my life. For me, the positive effects outweigh the negative effects. When parents remind me of what life was like before phones, I feel grateful for this device and all the benefits it brings into my life. This is why I love my phone.