Re: My BBM is down, WHAT THE FUCKKK. I'm staying HOME If I lost my (Android) smartphone today, I would pay a premium price to replace it. I've become pretty reliant on my phone - I use it to take notes, keep to-do lists and maintain my calendar in addition to the normal email/internet/calling activities. Prior to owning a smartphone, it was actually a pretty big problem for me - I was always forgetting stuff and never knew when events were coming up. This is better for me. I could definitely live without it, though. I am under no illusions about it being a necessity - it is only a convenience. A damn nice convenience, but in the end, it's a luxury expense that I could do without if I needed to. My chief frustration with peoples' addiction to smartphones lies in the antisocial/rude behaviors that they develop. Look, I like my phone, too. Sometimes I have to use it in a public place. If I need to do that, though, I step to the side and make sure I'm not in the way. This whole walking-while-staring-at-your-phone thing (or obliviously standing in the way) drives me batty and I want to go around slapping peoples' phones out of their hands. Similarly, using the phone while engaged in conversation is obnoxious - I can forgive a quick occasional peek, because I understand that sometimes it might be something important, but if you're distractedly typing or reading during a conversation, I will be tempted to send your phone out the nearest window. Also, thus far I have been successful at breaking my coworkers and bosses of the idea that owning a smartphone means I will stay in touch with work at all hours. Eventually, though, I'm sure I will end up working for a boss that expects it.