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The Curse of The Touch Screen Phone

trying to use a touch screen phone

Touch screen technology has become very popular. The market for  iphones ipads and android have really taken off. There are many advantages to this technology. The main reason I purchased my touch screen phone is because I can turn it into a wifi hotspot. Not having an internet connection at home this was a major advantage.I also love the fact that I can change the language on my keyboard just by sliding a button across. I am trying to teach myself French and like many european languages it requires accents that our keyboards don’t have. Accessing email and facebook is much quicker on a touch screen phone. My phone stores multiple email accounts. For most people touch screen technology is quicker and easier but when you have dyspraxia it isnt always that simple.

Hitting the right key on a touch screen takes fine motor skills. The phone key pad is very small and I often hit the wrong key. Sometimes I will hit the wrong key over and over again. Then when I try to backspace to rewrite it I miss the back space button. It is very frustrating.  If I see a mistake further back in my message I end up erasing and rewriting 3 words because I can’t touch the exact spot to correct what I have done.
While it is easier to read my email, facebook,twitter etc from a smart phone, replying or posting is more difficult. It can take me a long time just to write a couple of sentences. I don’t sms much either unless it is only a few words. Even then the recipient can often find themselves trying to guess what I am saying.
This means that I often make a phone call instead of writing an sms because I just dont have the time it takes for me to write a readable message.

The obvious answer of course is to buy a phone that isnt a smart phone. The problem is without an internet connection at home I want to be able to hotspot my phone. While many places have free WIFI hotspots they are rarely available at 2am when I am often online. Traditional phones rarely seem to hotspot so I have a dilemma , do I want to be able to hotspot my phone or do I want to be able to write text messages and posts that are readable. I guess if I was rich I would just buy 2 phones one for texting and facebook twitter etc and one for my internet. But that would also involve 2 phone accounts if I didn’t want to be constantly changing sim cards.Though if I could afford that I would just get an internet connection at home.
I don’t know what the solution is but any suggestions are gratefully accepted.

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

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