Fundamental conflicts in the Great App Reorg
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  ibmsoftware
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I've done it again. I've rearranged my iPhone icons in (yet) another attempt to make sense of my world.
It's probably another fool's errand, but I can't help myself. I'm a compulsive organizer. I bus my own tables. As a kid I organized my bookshelf by book height and used a ruler to line up all the spines.
The beauty of the iPhone (and presumably all smart phones, for that matter) is that you can arrange your apps and screens in near limitless ways to suit your specific preferences. The drawback is that the system - any system - never works for very long.
Sure, I tell myself: "This time, I think I've come up with a structure that works. Social apps on the page one, news and radio apps on page two, games and other diversions on page 3"
Sure, the apps appear orderly, all nicely arranged in that familiar 4 X 5 grid, but it's merely the veneer of organization:
This attempt - like so many of years past - is doomed to fail, and I've finally figured out why.
I'm unable to resolve three fundamental conflicts:
Truth is, I'm simply not as consistent in my social media habits as I'd like to be or as this new configuration would have you believe. Real life is still far too messy and the media landscape is too dynamic to produce anything coming close to an effective organizational principle.
Has this ever happened to you, or am I simply overthinking the matter?