What Do Your Apps Say About You?


apps.JPGI’ve got 120 apps on my iPad 2. My iPhone 4 sports 99 of ’em. I’ve got apps that range from the Holy Bible to ABC Song (it’s supposed to teach my kid the alphabet). I have three different apps for checking the weather and one for Bay Area news. The last one mystifies even me. I went to California once with my wife for our wedding anniversary but I can’t say for sure why I have an app for local news in a state that I don’t live in.

Still, it’s gotta mean something. I figure they all mean something. And I suspect most of ’em say something about me.

I remember as a kid that, whenever I went to someone’s house, I always wanted to see their rooms. I was curious about what cool toys they had and if those toys indicated we might share the same interests. As I got older it went from toys to records (remember those?) and books. (Well, mostly I was looking for comic books, but books with only words were cool too, I suppose.)

Now, instead of nosing around our friends’ bedrooms, we’re more likely to check out their smartphones or tablets. Or at least I am.

If you checked out my devices, you’d learn a whole lot about me. The Concept Car app shows me cars I’ll never be able to afford even if the manufacturer decides to actually build it. My Dictionary app makes me sound smarter than I am. IKEA Catalog keeps me up to date on the latest modern furnishings from Sweden. My 5-0 Radio Free app allows me to hear Fire and EMS chatter in Nova Scotia or just about anywhere else in the world. I have apps for cars, motorcycles, comic books, news, tech stuff, and the list goes on and on. My wife’s apps tell a different story because she’s a different person. I picked up her iPad2 the other day and flipped through her apps, and it was loaded with baby- and mommy-oriented apps. It was pretty obvious we’re the proud parents of a 16-month-old.

What do our apps say about us? Does it mean anything? Hey, maybe there’s an app that can tell us what it all means!

Who wrote this?

Graphic Designer for PLUGGEDIN.COM. Cutting his design teeth at Scripture Press/Cook Communications, Kevin brings years of ministry and freelance experience to Plugged In's visual presentation. He also analyzes video games for our reviews and contributes an occasional blog.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Jill:

Definitely true that your apps define you.  I read somewhere recently that cars are no longer the status symbol - our phones are.  What brand we have.  What apps we download.  It all speaks volumes.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  YetAnotherTeen:

Coincidentally, so do mine; except my phone's a smartphone without a contract, meaning I couldn't use them without a monthly plan anyway. Only one I play is the Tetris demo every now and then.

Only other thing I have with "apps" on it is the Nintendo DSi, where I have all the free ones and a couple of games I got for free with the system. I'm rather cheap about the things, really.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Yakira:

Well I only have an iPod touch, whichever generation doesn't have a camera. So my apps are pretty basic, no fun picture ones. I've got the YouVersion Bible app, Facebook, Twitter, TextMe, and a devotional.  My iPod sounds pretty boring, but I guess you could tell I'm a Christian. Oh, and mine are all free partially cause I'm too cheap and partially cause only getting free things hasn't dampened my experience or use of things.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Hithwenur:

My apps say I'm too cheap to pick up any apps other than the samples that came with my phone.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  rabidhunter:

My apps tell me I'm a techie type person: utilities like Titanium Backup, a phone diagnosis app, a few apps to customize my ROM (Android Rocks), and some SD card tools, so I can do some tweaking on my phone.

I love to have fun: I got all the Angry Birds, Words with Friends, Draw Something, and a few other games.

I'm also a shutterbug.  I have Retrocam, Lomocam, Instagram, and my new personal favorite Streamzoo.  I love Streamzoo, it's my new favorite.  My phone says that I use 3% of my battery on Stramzoo alone.