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And now, onto the questions…
1. Does your smartphone have a grip on you? In one hour, how often do you check your phone? a. I am glued to my phone. I check it every 1-2 minutes; it is satisfying. b. I check it 1-2 times per hour. c. I check my phone only when I get notifications, and I don’t get many. d. I check at lunch time and at the end of the day mostly, unless I get a notification.
A), BUT I use the OurHome app to keep on top of what I’ve got to do, so although it sounds like a bad and unhealthy habit, really I use it to stay organised and get shit done, make sure I eat, brush my hair, clean my teeth, journal, meditate, exercise etc. I’ll admit it, I used to have a huge problem with overworking and not looking after number one, so by now having me on the to-do list, I make sure that I get looked after, too. I’m not on social media for a lot of the time, I honestly don’t really care for it.
2. Israeli spyware Pegasus* marketed and sold to other governments is used to spy on activists, journalists, and political leaders. Do you believe hackers are monitoring your smartphone?
Given that I am neither a journalist, an activist nor a politician? I’m going to say no, no really. I mean, it’s possible, anything is posible of course, but the question is why?
I’m not somebody of any status or wealth. I’m not a criminal. I don’t have royal blood, so why? Why would somebody risk criminal prosecution to hack me?
Lemme tell you a quick story here, and then I’ll tell you what I think this article is really about. When I was in therapy, I learned a story about a man. Let’s call him Tommy, and Tommy is deathly afraid that one day his house will burn down. Tommy goes out and he buys a fire extinguisher, but then Tommy sits on the couch and he never, ever leaves it so that when the fire comes, he can spring into action and douse out the flames. While Tommy is sat there his friends knock on the door for him, but Tommy doesn’t answer. They try a few times, but Tommy still doesn’t answer and so they move on with their lives without him. Some of the food in Tommy’s home starts to spoil, but Tommy is so sure that the fire will come at any moment that he doesn’t dare go to the store to replace it. Tommy’s bathtub springs a leak, and before too long his home is so full of water that all of his carpets are damaged. Tommy doesn’t care though, at least he’s ready for the blaze.
So you see? When we stay focused on one threat or problem, we lose ourselves to that problem. When we become focused on whether or not our mobile phone is being hacked, we lose sight of whether crime rates have increased in our neighbourhood, whether we’ve spoken to our friends lately, or whether we probably should go and get that dodgy lump looked at. When we stay focused on one concern, we lose sight of everything else.
You can’t worry about everything at once, you’ll drive yourself insane!
What’s the likelihood that your phone is being hacked? If you’re anything like me, the reality is probably pretty small. Tracked maybe, that’s how advertisers make revenue, but tracked is not the same as hacked. I don’t personally see how it doesn’t benefit me if Google knows that I shop on Amazon nearly every day, or if it doesn’t think to suggest a new dog toy on Ebay that might keep Hugo quiet for half an hour. That benefits everybody – the seller, and the consumer.
So you have two choices – you can be afraid, you can sit on your couch with the fire exinguisher and live in a world of what ifs and maybes, or you can get out there and live. I used to live in a world of what ifs and maybes, I used to sit on the sofa too, but I chose not to be fearful and miserable anymore. I got educated, and I got myself out of that rut.
And now, on that note, let me tell you what I think this post is really about.
3. When in flight, on an airplane, do you put your phone in flight mode?
I’m not a flyer, so I can’t comment. I would if I did though, just because I’m not an ass.
4. What is the lock on your smartphone? a. facial recognition b. fingerprint c. numerical code d. pattern e. I don’t lock my phone
B, with D for back-up. Oh wait, that’s starting to sound like an awfully familiar acronym…
5. Do mobile phones interfere with your relationship(s)? How?
Aye, you’ve painted me into a corner here because I don’t like to air my dirty laundry if it’s not been discussed and agreed (and deemed beneficial for educational purposes) beforehand. I think they can do, but then also not necessarily. If we’re watching a movie and Matt starts watching something on TikTok, or I’m talking and a video starts up, then yes, we’re going to have a problem. Matt and I both have people that we text regularly though, and we both more or less know what it’s about so there’s no suspicion. I’ve got little to no interest in his football talk with his Dad and best friend, and he knows that if I laugh out loud all of a sudden then it’s probably because of something Bill has said. There was a time that Matt went through a phase of notably turning his phone screen away from me while we were talking and I did feel insecure because of it, but he said that it was just so he didn’t get disctracted by it, and I trust him. He hasn’t done it since either, probably because he’d rather risk maybe being distracted by his mobile phone than causing me emotional pain. See? I told you that he’s a sweetie really! Just nobody say that I said that 😉