I don’t own a Smartphone.
What I have is an old school flip-style phone that is usually not charged, that I’ve forgotten how to access the voice mail for (my apologies if you’ve left me a message there…oh…ever), and that is adorned by jewel stickers courtesy of my daughter. I also rarely text (we’re talking maybe 1-2 texts per month, total). If you’re looking for a savvy phone user, I am not your girl.
This may come as a bit of a surprise, but it’s true. You’d think that since I’m a busy blogger on the go, well, that’d I’d NEED one. That I couldn’t manage life without one. Funny, but here are just a few of the things I’ve done in spite of my lack of a fancy phone:
- Had a conversation over the phone. (Yes, we’re talking landline, baby.)
- Found directions to a new address. (Thank you very much, Mapquest.)
- Kept up to date on my friends’ doings.
- Managed and grown my blog and social media pages.
- Taken pictures.
Admittedly, there are times I feel like an odd duck. For instance, last week I was at a lunch with several other bloggers. There was this distinct moment after we’d eaten when I look up and no one is talking – everyone is on their phones. Everyone, that is, except me. Because I’m sitting there, watching everyone on their phones. There was also the time last month when I had to explain to the kind folks at Safeway that I couldn’t add their new Just4U app to my phone, and that I’d need to print a hard copy of my shopping list instead. (Thank goodness they have that functionality!)
It’s so easy when we don’t have something to make its absence our focus. I don’t have this, I don’t have that,…. But here’s the funny thing. I am content to NOT have a fancy phone. When I’m off the computer, I’m fully there for my kids, for my husband. They don’t have to talk to the side of my face when we’re at a restaurant, they get my eyes. I have enough of an Internet addiction that I fear I would never “unplug” if I had 24/7 access in my purse. I’m not sure how I could handle that temptation. I’m also not so sure I like the idea of being so easily accessible – my time is my most precious commodity these days. That’s not to say that I will never ever get a Smartphone; I suppose there is always a possibility things could change. (My husband does have an iPhone and has threatened to gift it to me when they come out with the new one – I’m trying to convince him to find a different owner!) I just don’t have the need, desire, or want. I kind of like living my life without one…in spite of the occasional awkward moment. I can deal with that. Maybe one day people with uncharged flip phones will be “cool” again. It could happen.
I’m sure if you thought about it, there’s something you don’t have, either. I’d like to encourage you with this tonight: try to find something positive about not having that item! Yes, that might sound entirely counter-intuitive, but consider. With more stuff, comes more responsibility, and sometimes more money and time involved.
Is there something you’ve made a purposeful decision to do without? Why? I’d love to hear stories too!