The other night, as I was about to get into a shower, I thought about perhaps purchasing a waterproof speaker for my iPhone so that I could listen to podcasts and such while I showered.
And then I thought: Really? I'm with my iPhone all day. I need to shower with it too?
But when I really started to consider the whole scenario, I realized that I've seen pictures of people with radios in their bathroom from thirty, forty, fifty years ago or more. People have been listening to things in the bathroom for half a century. It's a time when one is bored, and so naturally people attempt to kill that boredom.
You see, the only difference now is that our iPhone is our "radio" also. It's our music player, calculator, connection to the internet, camera, calendar, address book, clock, alarm, and the device we use to communicate with others in a plethora of ways. It's our everything. That's the reason, of course, why it's with us all day long. That's the reason why I would want to listen to my iPhone while I'm in the shower.
The only trouble is that since our iPhone does practically everything, we spend all day with just one device. I thought for a second before I considered letting it into yet another part of my life. If it would have been a radio — a completely separate device — I wouldn't have stopped to think about it quite the same way. In a certain sense it feels a little strange to be with one device all the time. Of course, it makes perfect sense and is wonderfully convenient, but when you really stop and think about it, it's quite intriguing.
So will I get a waterproof speaker so that I can listen to my iPhone in the shower? I don't know. Probably not. It was just a thought, anyway. Plus, it's good to be bored sometimes.
Just something to think about, I guess.