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Do These Smartphone Stats Make Me Look Fat?

If smartphones do anything, they can give you some perspective on how you live your life.

Me?  I'm on the road a lot and working remotely about half the time.  It stands to reason my smartphone is going to run a little hot.

How hot you ask?  My total talk time last billing period was 3200 minutes.  For those of you bad at math, that's 53 hours of talk time.  And that's WITH me being on the midline between introvert and extrovert. That doesn't include significant time in Go To Meeting or Microsoft Lync.  That's a normal month for me - Am I a freak?  Like pictures?  Here's your graph (I'm the one in blue).

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How about data you ask?  I came in at a robust 8 gigs last month.  That seems like a lot until I see my 14-year old outpaced me. He's got first world problems for sure.  Is reading fundamental to his generation?  Only if it's on a device, and potentially on Reddit.  Here's the data chart (He's green):

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Finally, we come to the real change in my life.  I'm texting a lot more and emailing less.  That's part me warming up to text and part me fishing where the fish are - if you want immediacy, you've got to hit people on text....Here's your chart, which brings me in at my new baseline - 1400 texts per month, up from an average of 200 at the same time last year.

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Do these smartphone stats make me look fat?  Hit me in the comments if you feel like judging me.


Paul Hebert

Why do we always say that for immediacy go to text?

I have a smart phone - most folks in biz do (prolly close to 99%) and I get my emails on my phone.

I get the same alert when an email hits as when a text hits. I treat each the same.

Maybe because I own my cell phone and the number I'm not a huge fan of having my cell number all over hell's half acre - maybe I wouldn't care if it were a company phone.

But I don't see how a text is better/faster/cheaper than an email in today's unified messaging environment. To me that's like saying a twitter DM is better than a FB message which is worse than a text but better than an email - or g*d forbid we include voice mail and an actual personal call.

Just don't see any difference in any of the mediums - they are all instant and all on my phone.


Paul - ummm... because that's true in my circle about text. Your points are always welcome here.

And yes, I'll stay off of your lawn!!!



I am on the text bandwagon, increasingly moving more into the messaging space (WhatsApp and the like). But I guess my only comment about Email v Text is to raise a question. At any given time during the week how many unread emails do you have? A dozen? Twenty? Fifty? A million? Then once you answer that, check how many unread text messages you have. I bet you have none. The read/response rates on texts are astronomical compared to email. That doesn't mean texting is somehow or always superior to email, but for the use case where you want/need an answer fast - texting is #1 for me.


Big, way bigger than mine - I can't believe I just wrote that - what's your monthly cost for your plan to include all that?

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