I have a stupid phone, it's small, it actually has a *gasp* keypad and there is nothing "smart" about it, but I have had it for the last 2 years. Every smart phone under the sun has come out, but still I have my dumb phone. You may be asking yourself...
2 years ago I had a smart phone, it had e-mail, Internet and the ever important Facebook on it, but I found myself on it constantly. When my girls talked to me my face was in the phone, and I was telling them to hold on so I could read my news feed, I would even snap at them if they interrupted me. If my husband and I were out at dinner, we had our heads down in the phones not interacting. I found myself pulling the phone out at every possible moment, even taking it to bed with me so I could check it the moment I woke up.
Nothing is wrong with smart phones, in fact I really want an iPhone, but I was obsessed and not in a good way. I was ignoring things and people because of this "smart" phone. This so called "smart" phone was not working out to be such a smart idea for me. So I decided to downgrade to my dumb phone, it calls and sends pics and text messages, it can't even send or receive video messages.
Have you heard the question,
I don't know what we did before smart phones?
Let me tell you
*I get directions before leaving the house (or call the hubs and have him look it up)
*I take a longer time to respond to e-mails
*I only check my social media when my computer is on
*If I need to look something up, I write it down and find it later when I am on the computer
*I don't upload as many pictures to Facebook
*I don't do a grocery list on my phone, or use any apps for that matter
The past 2 years have not been horrifying with my dumb phone, they have helped me put things in perspective and remember what is truly important. Relationships and people are important, I am so grateful that the Internet has connected me to so many awesome people, but I don't need constant access to it to build these relationships.
I know the phone didn't make me do anything but without it I feel I am better able to focus on my family, and besides I can't take a phone with me when I die, no matter if it's smart or dumb.
Question of the day: Do you have a smart phone? Do you wish you didn't?