Poll: Snap Response - Phoning it in


New member
Oct 23, 2010
I'm still using an old burner from back when flip phones were the hottest new craze (it's not one though), so only for calls. Still manage to dull my awareness of my surroundings with books and an old iPod though (music and binge watching shows). My periphery vision has practically been sharpened to a point.


Apr 4, 2020
I'd say my usage averages out to about once an hour. Although I mostly only use it when I'm not on my computer or in the middle of doing something on a game.
Oct 2, 2012
I have a giant smartphone but I pretty much only use it for texts and calls.
I use it to browse the Escapist when I'm at work, but that is about the most interesting thing I do with it.
No games, no notes, an alarm I never use, and music I don't actually listen to.

I'm a very boring person and am not good with technology :p


Sarcastic overlord
Jun 3, 2009
I'll be the odd one out here and say I use my phone quite a lot.

I love my phone and there's no getting around that. I prefer using a watch to check the time, but I use my phone for almost anything else. I often receive messages through Facebook and because the messenger app is actually quite good I have started using that as my primary communication form on my phone, I don't actually spend that much time on Facebook itself though, that's mainly boring updates from people I knew in high school.

My emails clock in with regular intervals and it saves me time to just look for the message indicator on the sleep screen on my phone rather than going into each and every website on my computer. This was particularly useful when I was working as a teaching assistant in a lab course and students sent me questions whenever they needed some help. It also keeps me up to date on what's going on with my lab projects.

I also tend to get ideas about things that may be relevant for my research when I am on the bus so I go to pubmed and look up articles to see if anyone has tried it out and if I can use that information. I generally only read the abstract and the conclusion since reading an entire article on my phone seems daunting and a great deal of them aren't open access so the abstract and summary is all I get anyway.

I also recently discovered how practical One Note is for making a grocery list so there's that too.

Perhaps most important though, I use it as a bus ticket, so I always take great care to keep it on me at all times.

TL;DR I use my phone quite a bit, probably more than 2 or 3 times an hour, but it depends on how busy a day is. There are days where I only turn off the alarm and then don't see it afterwards.


New member
Feb 10, 2008
A lot, because I can do a lot with it. When I'm not near a PC I read news articles on it, check my email check my bank account, text a lot, Skype with it sometimes, use it to listen to music and audiobooks, use it to track running progress, at the rare times I take public transport I plan and pay through my phone, order takeaway food sometimes and when I'm really bored use YouTube, Netflix or a game.

Yeah, I love this thing. Can't live without a smartphone any more.


New member
Apr 14, 2013
I like thinking of the phone as a super-portable, convient computer that can also handle standard phone stuff (e.g. calling and texting people). It's great for checking email (though I generally wait to get back to my computer if I need to respond), reading news, doing quick searches, casual browsing, sharing videos, listening to music, taking quick pictures, etc. Basically, I have access to that convenience. I might as well take full advantage of it.

I also enjoy messing around with the phone. I've tried out every popular launcher on the Play Store, have flashed a few custom ROMs (though my desire to stick with Android 5-based ROMs sort of limits me right now), flashed a couple non-Android OSs, and done a lot of customization within all of those different areas. Overall, I just like trying out new things, and I've absolutely fallen in love with my phone as I make it more and more of my own device. Sure, it worries the heck out of everyone I know, as they're concerned I'm going to break something, but I love messing with this kind of stuff, and the phone is a rather convenient place to do it all on, especially since I'm not risking losing something I absolutely need for school, especially since it is incredibly difficult to truly brick a phone (and no, a bootloop is not the same as bricking it).

So overall, I probably use my phone a lot more than most in this thread. That said, I'm not really compulsive about checking it either, but that's probably helped a lot by the fact that rarely even have Twitter on the phone, and I never have Facebook on it.


Dec 24, 2011
I probably send 2 - 3 texts per week, and maybe make 1 - 2 phone calls per month.

I have an android device, it was advertised as a phone, but I haven't activated it and just use it as a tiny computer. The cheapest plan it came with cost $35 a month, which is just too much for something I'll only use a little bit sporadically.

So instead I bought a pay-as-you go phone where I pay a few cents per text or minute. Save SO much money that way, though it means I have to carry 2 things around with me instead of 1.

Vicarious Reality

New member
Jul 10, 2011
The only thing i really do is watch videos and telephone with it, occasionally listen to music since i can not find the weirdly unique usb charging cable to my mp3 player

Last time i checked, mobile internet is still terrible in general

I do not even send SMS as much as i used to due to having a finicky touchscreen phone now; Nokia N9

Katherine Kerensky

Why, or Why Not?
Mar 27, 2009
Eh, I send texts from my phone... fairly often when I'm not at my computer. Normally because my computer crashes and burns in overly hot weather, and I'm telling people that's why I disappeared, not because they pissed me off.
As for calling people... nah. Rarely. Texting is cheaper, sometimes free.
Aside from that, I use it to listen to music in bed.


Bah weep grah nah neep ninny bom
Nov 20, 2008
Cellphones! Wonderful technological innovation, kind of abused as a privilege. But putting aside what I think about people paying attention to them more than, say, the road...I don't have one. I have no significant reason to care one around, as I do not have a need to be reached at all times. Now, an ipod... That's a different story. Music is very important.


Your #1 Source for the Dino Porn
Jul 10, 2013
My phone is so basic, the most advance thing it can do is put any calls on speaker... Okay, maybe that's selling it sort since it only has <link=http://wcipeg.com/problems/desc/images/ccc06j3/ccc06j3.png>this physical key layout and it's a 30-bone pay-as-you-go kind of cell phone, but all I do is call people out of necessity and not for luxury... Otherwise, it's mostly turned off unless my tight pocket turns it on for me and "butt dials" random numbers/symbols or it's dead and I haven't thought about charging it up yet...

Still prefer a watch over a cell phone if I'm trying to tell time, anyway... and fuck if I know if I know if it can do anything else...