Your Home Screen is a Story About Yourself
Smartphones are near us all the time and according to the latest stats, we get to spend over 2 hours on apps each day. Thinking at the English proverb “A man is known by the company he keeps”, I was wondering if it would be possible to extend it to apps. I believe to some extent we can, the apps we’re using are telling a story about ourselves, which areas are we the most passionate about, where do we invest our time.
So let’s take a look at my smartphone’s screen and do a quick analysis.
Looking at the bottom bar, you can see that I have installed both Gmail and Chrome. I use Gmail on my laptop, so I love to have my emails at hand, nicely synced and Google has done a wonderful job with their iOS app on the last 1 year and a half. Same goes for Chrome, I have my bookmarks and browsing experience synced on both my working station and my smartphone. But seeing these instead of Apple’s native products, might also say about me that I’m a future Android smartphone user.
I usually start my day by reading few verses from the Bible, so the Holy Bible from Youversion is on the upper row. In near vicinity is the Kindle app from Amazon and the native Notes app, which I use a lot. I love to read and I also love to right down my thoughts about pretty much everything, I find myself often doing lists, organizing future activities or just noting something that I need to remember.
I’m an organized person, so the Calendar and the Notes apps are really helping me throughout the day. My girlfriend likes to laugh at me, because I once set up a reminder to pick from my car’s trunk the groceries I just purchased. I also have Clear installed, a task and to-do list app, so pretty much in the same “Organized” department.
I like to listen to music on YouTube, this is what I use when I’m on a wifi network. For offline times I use Dropbox. When it comes to social networks, I tend to use them mostly for professional purposes, that’s why Twitter sits in the upper left corner of my front screen. Facebook is not on my first screen because I try as much as I can not to waste time and as you can see, games are absent too since I’m not much of a gamer.
Back to you now. What about the apps on your smartphone, what do they tell about you?