Monday, December 10, 2012
I have never owned a Smartphone. I have never needed a Smartphone. I see people everywhere I go tapping on their smartphones and sseeming to enjoy them. All of my children and grandchildren, except the 10 yr. old, have a Smartphone. I suspect that behind my back they say "Grandpa's too old to learn how to use a Smartphone". On that subject I will quietly let them remain gleefully ignorant.
Don't get me wrong here - Smartphones are really cool toys. With a smartphone you get to tap the screen and neat things pop up. You can swipe your finger and scroll up and down or left and right. It's so cool. My 10 year old is fascinated by it. So is my 20 year old grandson and my 36 yr. old Daughter. They are even fascinated by the TV commercials for Smartphones. They spend hours on facebook staying abreast of the latest news from their friends. They spend a lot of time doing things but they aren't actually interacting with another human being.
Smartphones are also tools. They allow you to make and receive phone calls. They're a PDA where you can carry your calendar with you and your entire address book. They can be a GPS.
My reason for not having a Smartphone is that I don't have a job and therefore have no need for an expensive cell phone. If I needed a Smartphone in a job then I would have one. Before Smartphones I carried a cell phone, PDA, and a laptop when I traveled. A Smartphone will replace the first two but is an inadequate substitute for a laptop. Being a rather frugal guy I can't justify the cost.
Ignoring the high cost of owning and using a Smartphone the thing I dislike most about them is their dominance of people's lives. They scream, grunt, groan, play music. or scream at the owner when a message, email, voicemail, or phone call come in. They demand attention and distract people around them. That seems stressful to me. Countless hours are spent on them playing games, downloading apps, and generally just spending time to be spending time. I suspect that the time could be spent in more productive pursuits.
I'll keep carrying my flip phone on my hip and pay my $100 a year for phone service. If I want to communicate with someone I want to hear a voice on the other end. I only text if my youngest daughter sends one to me. If I want to play I'll play catch with my grandson.
OK, that's my opinion. I will enjoy hearing yours.
Enjoy the ride,