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Smartphones - Friend or Foe?

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. emoticon

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,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RAWHIDE64 12/11/2012 8:53AM

    BB Apparently Einstein saw it coming. I just see it happening and that proves that I'm no Einstein. emoticon


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TEXASFILLY 12/10/2012 7:28PM

    Amen! I'm with you on this one, Lew. Check out Einstein's fear now a reality in the link below:


As always, thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~

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DIDMIS 12/10/2012 11:47AM

    Tell your grandkids that grandpa is smart enough. He doesn't need a smart phone to tell him what to do. emoticon smart grandpa.

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COCHESE321 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    I preferred my less than smart phone, but my son gave me his old one and I gave my old phone to my daughter. I use it, sure. Mostly, I play Solitaire on it while watching TV with my Dad in the evenings. My son is tethered to his - he calls it his "God Box". I prefer to use my netbook if at all possible. And prefer even more my desk top. But I built that and it's my baby.

But then, I'm 60 and smart enough on my own. emoticon

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NEEDBU66 12/10/2012 11:42AM

    I don't have one either. I'm usually always 20 feet from my laptop, so I can't really complain about not knowing when, specifically. Tom Bosley died or some sort. (Oct 2010). However, it's when I'm lost in Dayton, in some kind of edgy area, and there's no road atlas in the car that I really wish I had one.

That's pretty rare, tho. I'm usually always 20 feet from my laptop.

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LEB0401 12/10/2012 10:21AM

    My Smartphone is definitely my friend!

I was late getting on the craze, but now I'm very happy with my $20 refurbished Android. I use it to get on SP's food tracker app, so I know when I'm eating out when I need to call it quits. I use a sports app to track my runs, and I also play a radio app to keep my mind off the run! For my long commutes, I use an app that plays audiobooks from my local library.

I will say while it's incredibly easy to do all these complicated tasks on my phone, the most difficult thing to do is to make a call! It's good at being "smart" but not so good at being a "phone"!

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