The scene: My kitchen island, 9:30 p.m. I was sitting at the computer in my jammies, hair in a haphazard ponytail, working on lesson plans and texting back and forth with my colleague.
The sitch: Whilst texting my friend, I noticed that there is a little camera icon next to the texting bar. Realizing it must be new since I had done the most recent upgrade, I decided to check it out.
For you see, my friends, that innocent-looking little camera icon, is actually Up To No Good. Not knowing this, of course, I touched the icon and within in seconds, a picture was snapped of me and was being texted to my friend.
WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.
I squealed in horror as I saw the hideous picture of me being sent into cyberspace. "No!" I said, scanning the screen in a desperate and futile effort to stop the text. I soon realized it had already been received on her end, so I switched to damage control.
I sent off several texts in rapid-fire succession, to the effect of: "Delete that picture immediately! Don't ever touch the camera icon - it takes a picture WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL!! Look at my weird face and double chin!"
After many agonizing minutes, I received a text that said she trashed the picture and was cracking up. I breathed a sigh of relief, and decided then and there to pass this information on to you, dear reader, as a Public Service Announcement, for your safety and well-being:
Do not ever, ever, hold down the camera icon whilst texting on your iPhone. Unless you are a movie star and all pictures taken of you look like Audrey Hepburn, you will live to regret it. Now that I have suggested you not touch the icon, many of you have an overwhelming urge to in fact touch that icon and touch it right now. If you fall into that category, I suggest you try touching it only in a text thread with your mother. She will love you no matter what your picture looks like.