We all do stupid things once in a while, right? Maybe we Snapchat a suggestive photo to our significant other, or use our phone in the bathroom without ever cleaning it (ew). I’m not here to hate on stupid. Everybody deserves to make a few mistakes.
But there are some really stupid things that people do with their smartphones that I have a hard time justifying...ever. Like waving your phone around in the air at a concert to get that lighter effect? No. Or talking on speakerphone in public, while insisting to everyone around you that they shouldn’t be listening because your conversation is a private one? Nope! Or taking incredibly dangerous selfies with it just so you can brag to your Facebook friends about how you managed to idiotically climb to the top of a bridge without any sort of safety net? Uh-uh. Here are 11 stupid things you need to stop doing with your smartphone right now.
Pretending it’s a lighter at concerts
Bonus stupid points if you also try to light a cigarette with your phone.
Instagramming pictures of every meal
Food is for eating, guys. Plus, if this is what Martha Stewart’s food pics look like:
Iceberg wedge with homemade Russian dressing. Perfect salad for the onion soup lunch pic.twitter.com/KQatWUKUdl— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) November 17, 2013
...just how bad do you think yours look?
Using speakerphone in public
It’s bad enough when we have to listen to just one side of your loud, annoying conversation...
Taking a million selfies...every time you go to the bathroom
I’m definitely not hating on selfies, but have you no shame?!
Taking dangerous selfies
This guy, James Kingston, is a free runner. As in, a professional dangerous thing-doer. You are not a professional dangerous thing-doer (unless you are, in which case, carry on). So please stop taking selfies that put your life in jeopardy, unless you end up like this woman who died while trying to take a selfie on a ledge.
Downloading every app
Yeah, “oops” is right. Welcome to malware city!
Giving it to your kid
Is it smart to trust a $600+ piece of technology to a child with this level of coordination?
Using it as a lens to view the world around you
I’m glad you got that awesome shot, but maybe next time you should try looking at the concert through, I don’t know, your eyes.
If you’re not a 13-year-old girl, you should probably not be using a ton of emoticons. Words. Words are your friend.
Or worse, throwing it. Just because you "only" had to pay a Verizon-subsidized $200 for that phone doesn’t mean it’s disposable!
Relying on it for everything
Yeah, it’s pretty stupid to rely on your smartphone for all communication, directions, information, work, your relationship with your significant other...because what’s going to happen when you run out of batteries?