Dumb is better: Kicking the smart phone addiction

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  • tll Ogden, UT
    April 10, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    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.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    April 10, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    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....

  • GK Willington Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    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.

    April 9, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    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!

  • Wingnut1 USA, UT
    April 9, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    April 9, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with this article.
    It's killing family values and real relationships....

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 9, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    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.

  • Michael De Groote
    April 9, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    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.)

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 9, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    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.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    April 9, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    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.

    April 9, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    No thanks, i'd rather be in touch with what's going on, with the exception of Face Book and Tweeter both dumb ideas!