Whatever works best for the individual. We just got smartphones; they're
great! After years of physical disability and subsequent isolation I can now
have more contact with family and friends. Not everybody has the option of being
physically present to socialize face to face with people on a regular basis;
these smartphones are a blessing that help keep us connected.
I pay 3.33/month for a cell phone and don't use all of those minutes (5
cents/minute). I have it mainly to receive calls if my alarm system goes off. If
I'm not home, people can leave a voice message for me to hear when I get
back. I don't want to be bothered when I'm gone. I do take my cell
with me, and my wife knows to call it if she has an emergency. My phone is a
dumb phone but still has buttons I never use....
I have a old Nokia w/ Tmo pay as you go which I rarely use.I'd
be lost w/o my Kindle fire, though.
Love my smartphone, wouldn't give it up willingly. But I agree with
UtahUte16 that moderation is key. The most common use of my phone is to read
books while I am waiting for someone. Love it, I feel like it my time is too
valuable to just wait without being productive!
For those who don't believe this article here is the catch. You're not
going to notice a difference until you try it. While you're in the moment
of using your smartphone 24-7 you think it is great and you can't find
anything wrong with it, but try to go a month without it, and you will realize
how better you off with being social, not social media.
I couldn't agree more with this article.It's killing family
values and real relationships....
I am a dyed-in-the-wool cheapskate so I have a $100 a year basic phone and plan.
I use it when traveling or picking someone up at the airport. I keep it with
me for emergencies and don't give out the number much.Frankly, I
don't miss smart phones.I smile at the folks who make calls whenever
they leave a store or an appointment, as though they were waiting for a kidney
transplant or something. The Tweeting and texting are even more hilarious.I don't miss the constant intrusion and I consider myself part of society
without it....and I don't look at my phone every few minutes.
I currently have a 2008 Palm Centro -- not exactly a dumb phone, but close. If
anybody is inspired by this article to get rid of their iPhone 5, please let me
know and I'll trade with you. (I'm kidding. About people giving
me the iPhone, not about me using a Palm Centro.)
Everything in moderation.If you don't let it consume you, it
won't. I use my iPhone for navigating during work. I use the dictionary
all the time. I use e-mail and the internet to look up stuff that's
timely. Smartphones can be very useful.The best decision I recently
have made is deleting my Facebook. It's so much better not reading through
everyone's negative comments. I switched to Twitter and only follow ~50
people. Negative people get the ax after about three strikes. You can limit
your use, it just takes a bit of self control.
Joey D: "No thanks, i'd rather be in touch with what's going
on..."Does Joey mean, "No thanks to the smart phone;
I'd rather be in touch with real life," or "No thanks on DITCHING
the smart phone; I can't be in touch without it"?I'm
compelled to have a "smart phone" because I do tech-support, including
for people who can't get their email on their "smart phone," etc.
I'd much prefer a standard cellphone - and many of those users would be
better off with something a bit less complicated, as well. I prefer even more
those rare occasions when I can be "off the grid" for a few hours, not
interrupted by that urgent email or phone call. (Remember the good ol'
days, when it was like that? We seemed to get along okay.)I'm
always baffled by the armies of smart-phone zombies, lurching about, oblivious
to everything but what's on that tiny little screen. (Why DO they call
'em smart phones, anyway?) Yeah, I'm with Joey - I'd rather be
in touch with what's going on.(-;
No thanks, i'd rather be in touch with what's going on, with the
exception of Face Book and Tweeter both dumb ideas!