A Little Smartphone Frustration

Sometimes, the smartphone can be really dumb. Here is a recent series of actions I did to attempt to get mine to work properly. 

  1. Turn on phone.
  2. Wait for home screen to show up. 
  3. Press ON button because screen went black. 
  4. See Turn OFF screen come up due to previous action. 
  5. Press around said screen to make it disappear.
  6. Enter PIN.
  7. Wait for screen to come up. 
  8. Press ON button because screen went black. 
  9. Open app I want to use. 
  10. Wait for app to come up. 
  11. Press ON button because screen went black. 
  12. Learn app is not responding. 
  13. Turn off app. 
  14. Turn off phone. 
  15. Turn on phone again. 
  16. Learn phone is not responding. 
  17. Turn off phone. 
  18. Take the battery out. 
  19. Place battery back in. 
  20. Turn phone on again. 
  21. Wait for open screen to come up. 
  22. Enter PIN. 
  23. Wait for home screen to come on. 
  24. Press ON button because screen went black. 
  25. Open app I want to use. 
  26. Learn it was a different app. 
  27. Turn to screen where I can close off other app(s).
  28. Close other apps. 
  29. Learn chosen app is not working. 
  30. Slam phone against my hand out of frustration, fearing I’ve broken it. 
  31. Learn app is finally working.  
  32. Use app. 

During all this, I am helping my mother grocery shop for some basic things we need. This involves taking a motorized scooter out a car and assembling it. It also involves going into the store. I could have had a meltdown, but something inside me kept me calm throughout the ordeal. Maybe it was the fact that I was in public and could be photographed by one of those “People of Walmart” photo jerks. But, somehow, it finally worked. If only I could have avoided this frustration.  

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