So I’ve always been a little slow to catch up with technology. And I’m fine with that – for some of us, that’s normal. So here are a few reasons why I am the last person in the world to acquire a smartphone. Heck, it’s surprising sometimes that I even have a dumbphone “basic phone” at all! So I’m calling on your advice, readers – tell me why I need a smartphone!
Let me say first, that yes, there have been times when I wished I had a smartphone. On those unsuccessful shopping endeavors – when I searched for three hours for something I could buy online in 30 seconds. Also, watching my 1 ½ year old son climb into the bath with all his clothes on makes me wish I always had a hi-def video camera like most smartphones have. And yes, of course, for every App there’s a reason to get a smartphone. But I’ve yet to be fully convinced I *need* one. Here are my reasons why.
- Screen size – The big companies advertise all the great things you can do on your smartphone – watch movies, read books, play games, and so on – but even the biggest phone screens are too small for comfortable, long-term use. And the bigger the phone gets the more it looks like my mini tablet and less like it could go anywhere in a pocket of my jeans.
- GPS – “Not all who wander are lost.” I often think it’s fun to get lost. I can always use my Bluetooth to call someone at my destination and ask for directions. People have been arriving fashionably late for thousands of years. Besides, even knowing how to get directly where you are going doesn’t guarantee your husband/wife/domestic partner will be ready to leave on time. (I don’t mean you, Honey!)
- Smartphone addiction – I know people who can’t put them down. How do you unplug?
- Hobbies – I recently had a couple extra bucks in my bank account when my service provider let me know of my eligibility to upgrade to a smartphone. I’d get the phone for free, too – after, of course, agreeing to pay the sales tax, fees, and higher bills each month for it. I also love to play guitar. But, since I can only afford one thing, I bought a new electric guitar. Should I have chosen a smartphone?
- Everybody else has one – Including my wife. I’ve called her when I needed traffic updates or when I needed her to Google something for me.
- Privacy & security – With a smartphone, there are exponentially more ways to exploit your data. There’s more to hack, more at stake if it’s lost, and therefore, more of a precious commodity – too much so. So should I keep data elsewhere, in the cloud? But then it’s not just my phone that’s vulnerable, and we go back to the beginning of this one. Our devices are never invulnerable. In fact, just this week the news reported that a smartphone-connected baby monitor was hacked and the baby was terrorized by some crazy dude. Nobody wants that.
- Human interaction – If curiosity killed the cat, does high tech convenience kill community? I lamented in an earlier post that we’re all becoming a little like Bespin’s Lobot. I like talking to strangers sometimes, whether it’s to ask for help or not.
So, those are my fears and reservations. Am I just a technophobe, or is there anything legit in this list? Convince me.