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.
Unfortunately I have let my phone overpower me. I am generally somewhere between an a. and b. user. I’d probably check it every 5-10 minutes, especially when I’m not engrossed in something work related.
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?
I personally don’t think I am interesting enough for the government to spy on me. However the claim by Google to say that they aren’t listening to the conversations I partake in does seem suspicious when 15-30 minutes after a conversation that I get targeted ads for related topics when browsing the web or in apps I’m using.
3. When in flight, on an airplane, do you put your phone in flight mode?
I don’t fly very often. But I prefer turning the device off, it is far less tempting when it is completely shut down than in flight mode.
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
I’m a numerical code person. But the code is based on patterns rather than the numbers. I don’t trust facial recognition, and I am contemplating removing the fingerprint that I have used in the past.
5. Do mobile phones interfere with your relationship(s)? How?
I certainly think that they have affected every relationship that I have had. They certainly cause me to be distracted most of the time and I’m always thinking that I am missing out on something, or that my phone vibrated with a notification. I wish I could get rid of the damn thing some days.