Last Sunday I made a tough decision. I have been really trying to live this simple minimalist life and make sure that my time is spent the way I want it to be. Focusing on quality of time and not hording time wasting habits. There are only 24 hours in a day. I believe time is a more important resource than money because of this limit. There is no way to get a promotion or a side job to produce more time. It is also the resource we don’t know the amount of. We know our bank account balance but we don’t know how many days we will get.
So last Sunday I cut my smart phone and went back to my old phone. It calls and texts (has the nice keyboard with real buttons and doesn’t auto fill the wrong word on me). It wasn’t easy. I liked my smart phone and what it could do.
Last November I upgraded to a Samsung Charge smart phone. It was a cheap piece of junk and it, or its replacement didn’t work more than a week or two without having trouble. (There is my honest review :)) Beyond that it stole so much time. First I had all the notifications on so every time I got an e-mail or someone mentioned me in a tweet or anything else I got notified. I figured out how to stop that quick and it helped me get all my notifications turn off. Even after turning all those off and turning down all the volumes except the phone ring I still found myself messing with it all the time. Every time there was a second during the day I would check it. Every time I sat down at a park or riding in the car I could whip it out and play with it. It was my spare second filler. Something for my fingers and brain to do if they needed filled with something else.
My kids wanted to play with it all the time too. I hated what I was teaching my kids. ‘Look to a little box to entertain you every second‘. I knew that wasn’t good for them, but how was I supposed to say ‘no’ when I did it all the time too? Sure it makes kids sit still, but do they need to play phone games (or hand held games) in the car, the waiting room and even church? It is getting us all hooked on external entertainment every waking second of the day. That’s got to be worse for the brain than smoking is for the lungs.
I have been 1 week without the entertaining toy. I replaced it with my March reading book and I am over half done already. I miss not having the weather, Facebook, e-mail, internet, maps, and all the other features at my finger tips. It is great to have all that some of the time, but overall it was not an asset to my life.
This is a post about me. A post about my phone, my relationship to it, and my technology needs. I am not trying to say that they are bad or that other people shouldn’t have them (though, I hope yours works better than mine for the price). I am sharing with you my choice to get rid of it and why, hopefully adding to the dialog already out there that is questioning if all of us need all the technology out there.
Remember when we just had home phones for $25 a month and no contract? And phones cost like $10 bucks for something simple that didn’t break or need upgraded every year or two? I’m not quite ready to go back there, I love my cell phone, but it is a thought.