But being the local computer geek gives me insights that others do not have. I already saw the problem coming a mile away with the first mobile phones long before they were called smartphones. I already had the whole village asking me for advice with their computers (the few that had computers). I helped everyone build theirs for gaming and had to help them when they had problems with viruses and so on.
Why would I want to be reachable at any time? Would a smartphone make it even worse? You bet. Would I be getting a phone any time soon? No way.
I did eventually get a Nokia 3210 though, which stayed with me until a couple of years ago when I gave up and bought a smartphone to be able to screen incoming robot sales calls...
iMessage has to one of the greatest inventions in recent time. It allows me to communicate with my family, without forcing to use an actual phone.
I use it to do:
- Read News article and books on my communte
- Use the flashlight in the morning or evening when it is to dark (when winter i use it every evening when going home from the train to my flat 10 minutes)
- Use it as a phone
- use maps for navigation
- Check out gps stuff when sitting in a plain
- use the sync feature to have an up to date contact list
- get calendar notifications
- use it as an alarm clock
- use it for listing to music (but not that often)
Otherwise it is in my pocket but thats it. Like my keys. I don't use it at home at all.
If you take public transportation, look around, everyone is looking at their phones and no one is interacting with the real people around them.
We have become a society lost in their digital devices.
I don't value shallow talk with strangers very much. Or have you been on a subway and was discussion with someone strange daily politics?
Selecting for proximity means wasting my life on random noise.
An $800 phone is a bargain if It lets me spend my limited time on good stuff.
I found the worst people around me with phones are the older ones. The teenagers put it down but the older people seem to think that a text will expire if they don't respond immediately, regardless of what they are doing at the time.
I'm not saying they're plain useless. I just don't risk getting hooked on them in exchange for a handful of useful services. I can live happily without owning one. If I ever feel that owning a smartphone will make my life better I'd gladly buy one. It's not ideology that stops me from getting one. I just don't want to end up like those guys who meet up for a coffee and spend two thirds of their time watching their smartphones. I don't feel sorry for them, I think they're hooked to the damn thing as I could easily get hooked if I had one. So to relieve me from the temptation of checking it every other minute I simply don't have one. Problem solved. As always, YMMV.
My contacts are synced automatically and i can read news on it.
I'm not forcing people into using a smartphone and i don't have any issues with how i use it.