According to my iPhone notifications, I’ve been spending an average of five hours a day staring at my phone. (And I’m sure that I’m not the only one.) But I’ve actually been using my phone for a number of totally different purposes than before. I’m referring to the unprecedented hours I spend on FaceTime, GoogleHangouts and Zoom—all three apps that I maybe spent mere minutes on before. As such, I’m a total noob when it comes to figuring out the best way to keep my phone at a flattering angle, while also not giving whoever’s on the other end of the camera motion sickness. Until I stumbled upon the PopSocket car mount.
I should preface this by saying that you’ll need a PopSocket affixed to the back of your phone, but once you have that (we're partial to opal), you’ll be good to go. See, the knob of the PopSocket rests in the prongs of the almost sculptural looking mount, allowing your phone to be positioned vertically or horizontally. You can also twist open the modern design, opting between two heights and adjusting it to the angle that’s the most forgiving to your uh, chin area. I’ve been told by friends and coworkers alike that my video chatting with me, as of late, has become much easier on their eyes (and it’s not because I’ve started wearing concealer again).
Even when I’m not on a call, I use this as a desk accessory. The PopSocket Mount keeps my phone within my eyeline while I’m working, just in case an important text (or Instagram notification) comes through.
And I’ve been able to further integrate it into my life, as it’s become my new favorite workout accessory. Seriously. Whenever I tune in for an Instagram Live workout with my fave fitness instructors (shout out to @Javipee and @yogavida), I use it to prop up my iPhone. It allows me to keep the video at an angle where I don’t have to crane my neck—and that’s true whether I’m doing dance cardio or getting into some Tracy Anderson mat work. As someone who suffers from stress-related neck and shoulder pain, anything that encourages me to maintain good posture during a workout is a savior.