A lot of what I would have said has been mentioned already.
"Simple" means "uncomplicated," which would be defined differently by everyone you ask.
I'm working, and I've found that I have to keep up with more than the minimum of technological advances, whether I want to or not.
One example: I still have a simple, pre-paid cell phone that doesn't do anything more than take calls, but I'm getting more work-related pressure to get one that has Internet access. These things are so prevalent that they've become normal in the workplace.
I don't have cable or broadcast TV, but I use Hulu.com and some other free sites to get entertainment. If I really want to own a movie, I buy it second-hand from Half.com or Amazon.
I think a long time before I buy anything other than necessities. I've found if I wait, there's more of a chance I'll decide not to buy it.
I don't buy the latest gadgets, and I never had the need to get something because "everyone else" has it.
I buy only what I need, and whatever "frivolous" things I buy (books, vinyl records, DVDs -- I collect things like that) are very inexpensive. I like being surrounded by things like that.
I have no intention of whittling down my possessions to a bare minimum because everyone needs some non-necessities that make them happy.
Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 6/20/2011 (02:48)
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