When I think back to what I was like before the advent of the smartphone, I realize I must have been a quivering ball of anxiety. I’d come out of a subway and walk for blocks in the wrong direction, searching as my appointment neared for a public map only to find the “You Are Here” X blotted out by the thousands of lost souls before me who pressed their fingers to the same spot in hopes of somehow getting reoriented.
Smartphones are leading to big changes in “our internal lives,” he says, and generally for the better. Of course, he notes how some commentators, such as Jaron Lanier, author of “You Are Not a Gadget,” and Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows,” have reservations about the new world of smarphones. But Darlin contends that smartphones will change most people’s lives for the better.
- “I am never lost.”
- “I never pay too much.”
- “I am never bored or wasting time.”
- “I am never without an answer.”
- “I never forget anything.”