I’m not lying. I don’t have a smartphone. I know, it’s completely and utterly absurd. We live in a society with growing technology and most would assume that I have a smartphone. I mean…doesn’t everybody? Well I’m hear to tell you no, they don’t. I don’t. I figured it would be worthwhile to create a few lists relating to the non-smartphone user. I’ve tagged this article under “family” and “minimalism” because I truly believe it relates to both of these parts of my life.
Here are a few (I use that term loosely) reasons as to why I don’t have a smartphone:
1. I believe phones are for calling and texting. My phone does just that.
2. I don’t want any more hours on the internet, especially facebook, than I already am.
3. I want to be invested in what I’m doing when I’m out and about.
4. I don’t want to pay a ridiculous price for a phone and then even more for a data plan. Call me a tightwaud, that’s fine…won’t be the first time.
What I’m missing out with by having a smartphone:
- An easy, compact, decent camera. I LOVE taking pictures so every once in awhile I get a twinge of jealousy about people snapping a picture with their already whipped out phone and the quality is decent. I will say though I hear horror stories about how some people lose all their pictures and my jealousy goes away…yes I know they should have backed it up or it should be “on the cloud”, I know, I know…but should and is are two very different things.
- That’s it. Just that one thing.
Assumptions you smartphone users shouldn’t make about “us”…
- That we have access to facebook/the internet 24/7. Often times I’m out for the day with my boys and someone will send me a facebook message wanting an immediate response. Go old school, folks, send me a text…because I got your facebook message about 5 hours too late.
- That we can see your emoticons. It’s true. I can’t get emoticons. When you send me a smiley face, or frowny face, or an airplane (cough, cough…you know who you are) I get…wait for it…a rectangle. Yep. A rectangle. Or two rectangles…and when you’re really excited about that emoticon. I get three. Three freaking rectangles. Then you leave me with this awkward moment of do I tell you about the rectangle dilemma or let it go. Please don’t do that to me anymore.
That’s it folks. Oh wait. No it isn’t. I have one more thing to say. Please, please do not call my phone a “flip phone.” It’s a slider phone.