My Husband’s Flip Phone > Your Smartphone
My husband uses a flip phone. Seriously. Not because our dog chewed his smartphone before his upgrade or because we can’t afford to pay for one, but because he doesn’t want a smartphone. While most of us feel the pressure to buy sleek tablets and stand in line for the latest, biggest, smartest cell phones, he remains nothing more than moderately impressed by the newest technology.
Now, before you scoff at his decision and mumble things like, “Well, he obviously doesn’t need it like I do,” just know that he is literally a rocket scientist. If anyone needs and uses the latest technology on a daily basis, it’s him. Here’s his reasoning: The $30+ we save every month with his “basic” phone means $360 in savings per year. That $30 would be more like $50 or $60 each month if the two of us weren’t on a family plan, totaling at least $600 per year in added cost…just to have a smartphone.
If you’re sitting in front of a computer screen from 8 to 6, and are going home to sit in front of a tablet or TV (or both) from 8 to 11, consider tossing the iPhone. Seriously, it’s just draining your bank account and your attention span.
If you’re self-employed or work remotely like I do, you probably enjoy your smartphone’s many benefits. You may even need it to stay connected to the workplace.
But please, please, please never camp out in person or online for the newest model, counting down the days until the shiny, scratch-free phablet appears at your doorstep. Save the $500. Go outside, take a vacation, at least tear your eyes from the bright white screen long enough to adjust to the sunlight and stop convincing yourself that you need this metal-and-plastic anti-social moneypit.
Every single time you glance down at your phone, you’re failing to be present in the moment. For the same reason we’re not allowed to text and drive, we shouldn’t be allowed to text and talk. We simply can’t do both. It’s your choice….pay attention to the person, the movie, the conversation, the meeting right in front of you, or check an ever-updating feed of selfies and melodramas that will always be a click away. It’s your choice—but, chances are, you’re smarter without it.