The rather dumb side of having a smartphone

Smartphones are the smartest thing ever. They can do a whole lot of things while you are ‘on the move’. You can check your mail, purchase a book or a game, download interesting apps and what’s more even call people up.

Wow, now who thought phones would ever be able to do that!!

However with all these advantages that I often show off with my non-smartphone-wielding husband, there are these really dumb things that often swim up, like the poop of fishes in an aquarium tank. I can’t avoid them, and what’s worse, they end up making a user look rather silly. For all those who have a smartphone, you will agree. And I hope perhaps even add to this list!

You type in a message and your smartphone auto-corrects without asking you first. Gram changes to germs, friend to fried and book to boob. Results are bad when 100 grams becomes 100 germs, hilarious when you want to say ‘Good luck to you’ and it’s auto-changed to ‘Good lick to you’ and catastrophic when you are trying to fix up your meeting through ‘will meet at six’ and it changes to ‘will meet at sex’.

When all you’re doing is struggling to get the ringing phone out of your overloaded purse, and in the process random stuff gets selected. By the time you’ve located and pulled out the frantic phone, it’s disconnected and a message sent to the other end. ‘I’m sleeping at the moment, will call you back later.’

When a few drops of water get into the cellphone’s brain. Random text messages full of letters and promise such as aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh…ooooohhhhhhh’ get sent to half your friend’s list at 2am. You end up wondering why they are avoiding you and giving you dirty looks when you people meet up.

Your old grandmother is hugging your smartphone to her cheek as she talks to her son. And the emotions and excitement cause the phone to get on google play and download the latest version of Tica hair spa.

When you tilt the smartphone to reject that friend request from the lecher in school. And as you adjust your phone to your convenience, the layout turns horizontal from vertical and you end up ‘accepting’ instead.

The phone also requires me to have pencil point fingers. And so, when these mistakes happen, it is not always the phone’s fault. I’ve ended up pressing the wrong letters half the time and selected the incorrect buttons for apps, launching stuff that I really don’t need. So then perhaps, smartphones are for smart people only. And by this I mean that category of smart people who have pencil point fingers, are hydrophobic, don’t carry purses and don’t have grandmothers.

So tell me then, are you one of them?


About Jaya Siva Murty

I am an author, a freelance writer, social media consultant and a full-time mother of two little kids. After a short span of working as an advertising copywriter, I went on to write for daily publications and magazines. I love writing poetry and fiction and am also the proud author of my first novella called 'Canvas of Dreams' at
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