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Why Smart Phones Scare Me

April 16, 2013

I know this may shock some of you, but I’m just going to put it out there. I don’t like Smart Phones.

This is the part where every tech loving person out there does a giant comedic gasp! How could I, someone who is a part of the media frenzied, Apple Loving, facebook obsessed, google-ing, wikipedia generation, say something so crazy? Well I have good reason. Maybe I’m going to sound like an old fart who does nothing but drone on about “back in my day things were simple,” but I don’t care. I recognize the usefulness of smartphones, and I know I will probably be unalterably attached to one soon. I came to this sad conclusion when I went to upgrade my phone and found that non smart phones don’t really exist anymore. But before I am forced to switch over to the dark side, I figured I would give one final stand against the empire that is the smart phone.

Reasons that Smart Phones Suck:

1. When I first got a cell phone, the great thing about it was how portable it was. It slipped easily into my pocket or purse. I could even fit it into my bra in a pinch. But with smart phones the current trend has been bigger is better. My husband recently got a new phone and it is so big that I can’t even fit my hand all the way around it. It wouldn’t even come close to fitting in my pocket. I know bigger screen= better video, etc. etc. but I don’t care. I don’t need a giant screen in order to call someone, or text them. I’m not 80 years old, and my vision is just fine. The size is getting so ridiculous in fact, that they’ve had to invent a new word for these phones. “Phablets”. I.E. so big that they are a cross between a phone and a tablet.

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does this screen make me look fat?

2. Smart phones= the death of spontaneity.  With any information you could possibly want constantly at your side, nothing is left to chance. There’s no more walking into a random restaurant to see if it’s good, you pull out your phone and figure out which place in your vicinity has the best reviews on yelp or urban spoon. No more hilarious stories of getting lost on a road trip and ending up in a small town in the middle of nowhere that is full of hilarious characters. With google maps you always know where you are.  I know that for most people this seems good because they don’t have to waste time on being somewhere bad, they automatically know what’s good. But I feel like the crappy restaurants and the crazy detours always end up being your best stories and memories.

3. People are so engrossed in their phones, that they don’t notice what’s going on around them. I know that this is an old tired argument, but it still rings true. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to ask my husband to put away his phone because I feel like he’s paying more attention to it than to me. And there have been numerous times when I have wanted to scream at my co workers who neglect their job because “they just have to check facebook.” Because as we all know, if you don’t check facebook every twenty minutes the world will end. I’m just sick of it. I literally want to smack people on the head and say, “Hello! There’s a whole world out here!”

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I’m sorry, but if you want an answer you’ll have to send me a facebook message.

I don’t want to get sucked into the smart phone world, but I just know that no matter how much I fight it, it will happen eventually. So, it’s been nice knowing you all. Send me a message on facebook and I’ll get back to you…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2013 1:51 pm

    I believe in you! You’ll just have to plan phone free time… and start saying things like, “i’m going to prove to myself i can get there without my phone” and “who says online reviewers know best anyway?’

  2. April 17, 2013 6:48 pm

    Haha I totally agree! I recently moved over to the dark side because, you’re right, there are no other phones out there. Love the point about the death of spontaneity! And am saddened by it at the same time. I hadn’t thought of that.

  3. April 18, 2013 5:27 am

    ALSO smart phones mean paying for a data plan, which can get quite expensive. I haven’t had to switch over to the dark side yet, and probably won’t until I move back to the US. But I feel ya. I don’t like that the phone companies have forced us to abandon non-smart phones, all in the attempt to squeeze more money out of us. And don’t even get me started on children with smart phones…

  4. April 21, 2013 8:35 am

    at a soccer game the other day this 8 year old kid was THROWING his phone. When i made a joke about him stomping on it he threw it down and stood on it. I screamed. But apparently it’s made to do that…

  5. April 22, 2013 1:52 am

    Having access to the internet at all times is wonderfully convenient, but it can also just feed unhealthy habits and additions we already have. Porn, gossip, online shopping…now you can’t remove the temptation just by leaving the house or closing the laptop. It’s everywhere! But maybe I’m being a little melodramatic. I’m probably just jealous because I don’t have one yet.

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