Nat, the founder of Night & Day Studios, has had an idea that worries me; he thought it would be great if everyone on the staff shared a screen-grab of our phone's homepage and explained why it is arranged the way it is. My concern is that this project exposes some very personal information about us, because our phones are intimate places. Still, I decided I would start with mine to get the ball rolling, so here goes: My name is Chris and I ignore things.
I hope the first thing one will notice is the background; it's merely a close-up of an industrial bathroom stall, but I think it looks quite smart. It reminds me of textured wallpaper and I like it.
Upon closer inspection of the screen my problems become apparent. First, you may notice that I have made no changes to my home screen icons from the initial software download. It's funny, but that had never occurred to me, despite the fact that I have several apps I look at a few times a day buried several pages deep. It wasn't until Nat came to me with this idea that it even crossed my mind to change the apps I kept on the home screen. I have always let my phone choose where to put new apps, and I have more than 10 pages of icons that I scroll through throughout the day. I have a stubbornness about this.
The second way I ignore things is a bit more active. You can see that I have 1,311 emails I have not opened, more than 70 voicemails, and even more texts that have gone without response. I hate to think how old some of them might be, but I'm pretty sure I'd be completely at a loss as to what their correspondence might entail.
I need to update many of my apps, but I am still willing to complain when they do not work properly.
I care nothing of stocks, yet have kept the icon there at home, simply because it has always been there.
On an average day, the only icons I'm likely to touch on my home screen are Messages and Music, yet here is the Game Center (never opened), the Reminders app (never once opened), and the NewsStand (also, never opened) claiming valuable space.
In a funny way I'm grateful to Nat for causing me to see that my stubborn willingness to ignore basic things is wasting my time. Thanks, man.
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