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ADHD Journal: Rants, Raves, Reviews
Smartphones: Helpful for ADHD?
Although I admit to having some iPhone envy, my smartphone of choice is the Android Motorala X. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Droid—it’s great. I can do anything on that thing, short of making coffee and cooking breakfast with it. Now that I think about it, I could use it for cooking breakfast, with a cookbook app! Case in point: There are so many things you can use it for to make life easier. I have linked it up to my Facebook account and downloaded multiple games on it. I use it as a GPS navigator. I use it to find the nearest Redbox video-rental location, or any store I can think of for that matter. It is my window to the world in a lot of ways.
Some of this stuff can be distracting at times to say the least. I will be the first to admit that I have gotten caught up in using technology at times when I needed to be focused. But it has been very beneficial for helping with my ADHD, too. Anytime I have an appointment or an important event, I put it in the calendar on my phone. It reminds me when something important is coming up, and because of it I have only missed one appointment in the past year! Before I used to miss about five appointments on average a year!
I also use it to pay bills, check bank account balances, and electronically deposit checks with the app for my bank, USAA (I take a picture of the check with my phone and voila: more money in the bank account!). I will be honest; I have been known to keep a stash of un-deposited checks in the past. One time I deposited a check written by my old roommate for rent a year after he moved out of the apartment. To say the least he wasn’t very happy about the lack of notice. But with my Droid I can say goodbye to angry ex-roommate emails!
Anyway, I recommend a smartphone. But only if you can manage to keep your Angry Birds usage to a minimum!