I hear there’s an App for just about everything these days. I hear it everywhere I go, “Oh Hun, there’s as App for that.”
I believe it too. I have found some pretty wonky apps on days I find myself bored, mind wandering aimlessly. I pick up my smart phone, hit the Market App thingy ma hoo-ha on the screen and in the search bar type a random word or a subject that I have thought about. I am instantly (or not, depending on what apps are running in the back round) transported to a mind-boggling selection some free, some for a fee, some usefu,l many ridiculous Apps to keep your life in order and your mind engaged.
I don’t think my imagination has been compromised but I worry about my kids. It would seem with the advent of Apps, boredom has become obsolete.
My concern is because when I was a kid, boredom was the mother of invention and usually the predecessor of my imagination running wild. I have lots of cool stories that started with being bored. Games invented, trouble I got into, books I read,art created, fun I had. There was no platform, no parameters, no limitations due to low available memory. No App. My mind ran free.
My kids get bored and they have an App for that. A bunch of them. Where’s the need to be creative? Scary really.
I do admit that some of them make life more manageable. Calendars, organizers, pill reminders, shopping and to do lists to name a very few of them. The Locator App is pretty cool so you don’t lose your kids. I’m not sure how my mom survived our childhood, without losing her marbles, without it.
And most assuredly if Apps had been around when I was younger my life may have taken some different turns. The ones that track your cycle and warn you indicate you may be ovulating, might just have been helpful. I don’t dwell on it much because that would mean one or more of my kids might not be present today. But every once in a while I find myself to the point of mumbling under my breath after a particularly frustrating interaction, “Why the flippin hell did I not have an App for that?”
Harmless. Just a what if.
Surely the Apps available are evidence that imagination is alive and well and now if you can think it, you can have an App for it.
I’ve just been thinking since Apps are most likely here to stay I have a few that would make my life better and I hope that someone will be able to create soon.
I would like to have an App to;
- lock down my phone when I get into power text mode. (put it under psychology, emotional health and /or bipolar. It would be popular I am sure.)
- Mend my broken heart
- Make breakfast for the kids when they get up too early on a Sat.
- Find the other sock for all those socks
- Predict rate at which we will run out of TP and then set a reminder 2 days prior that tells me every 10 minutes to buy some. It would have to have an alarm only disarmed by scanning in a receipt,
- Last 5 min do-over. for those times I speak before I think
- Considering my current single status maybe a personal vibrating massager (for my shoulders you know. I can’t quite hit that spot)
Oh wait. Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Wow! I am amused amazed. There IS an App for that.