By Rebecca Torchia
“I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.” – Anonymous
With a phone’s ability to do almost anything, it sometimes gets hard to keep it organized. Apps clutter screens with brightly colored icons, but what are they really being used for?
“I use email frequently,” said junior family science major Holly Schultz. “I check it at least every ten minutes.”
Email is one app that is essential for college students both to have and to use on their phones. Teachers send emails concerning just about everything, from homework notifications to cancelled classes.
Schultz also claims that it is vital for students to download social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“That’s how we stay connected,” she said.
Banking apps are also a helpful addition to a smartphone. It can be hard to manage money as a college student, but banking apps make handling money quicker and simpler.
Terrence Mulvey, a sophomore environmental science and technology major, is a big proponent of map and bus apps. Many students use NextBus to help them determine how much longer they will need to wait for the university buses to arrive, or even to figure out which bus they should be taking by looking at the different routes.
Mulvey suggests Campus Maps “so you can find buildings.”
Pandora is perhaps one of the most popular music apps outside of iTunes. Students listen to music while studying, walking to class or working out.
“I use 8tracks a lot,” Schultz said. “It can pick with your mood and what you’re feeling, and it [has] designated playlists.”
Most people keep between 15 and 30 apps on their phones at a time. Dominic LoPiccolo keeps around 75.
“I just download a lot of games,” the sophomore mechanical engineering major said.
Too many apps can take up storage space on a phone and create clutter that makes phones less efficient. LoPiccolo admitted to no longer playing many of the games he keeps, but simply hasn’t taken the time to delete them.
Many games have had their 15 minutes of fame in the App Store, from Temple Run, to Flappy Bird, to Trivia Crack. However, these games often lose their popularity as quickly as they gained it.
Senior Denia McKnight said that deleting unused apps “allows you to get new ones that you might use more.”
She said that the reason she hasn’t deleted her unused apps is because she doesn’t even see them most of the time.
“The [apps] that I do use every day, I just go straight to them,” she admitted. “I don’t really pay attention to the other ones.”
One problem for many people is that perhaps the most unpopular apps are the ones that come pre-programmed on the iPhone, and therefore can’t be deleted.
“They have stocks and a compass and stuff like that, that I don’t really use,” Schultz said.
While these apps are on most phones to stay, they can still be organized. Grouping them together and putting them in a corner of the screen is an effective way to clean up without having to delete them.