Why I'm Happy to be a Freak
In the high-tech San Francisco area where I live, I'm a freak. You see, I'm one of the few that chooses to use a dumb phone instead of a smart phone. A picture of my humble little LG Cosmos flip phone is at right. It's decidedly not very cool. It just makes phone calls, texts, and takes horrible 1.3 megapixel photos. And I couldn't be happier. I've made that choice not because I'm fearful of technology. I've designed and built electric cars. I've produced web sites, built awesome spreadsheets, and am working with two great developers to build a strategic planning app. I'm comfortable with technology.Nor do I have anything against smart phones. A while back I tried out both the iPhone and a Droid for a few weeks. They were incredible in the millions of things they could do. But that's just it. I don't need my phone to do a million things. I just need it to make phone calls and send texts. (I use my laptop to send emails and conduct all of my other internet-based business.) So after a few weeks I returned the amazing smart phones and went back to my dumb phone. I realized that, when compared to the iPhone/Droid, my flip phone helped me to:
Disconnect and keep my life a little simpler.
Maintain better control of my time.
Focus on those around me rather than get distracted by the cool apps on the phone.
Basically, the smart phones weren't the best fit for me.It turns out that I'm not alone in my perspective. Check out these three articles that convey similar sentiments:
So, that's my phone story. I share it with you with the intention to help you think a little bit about your phone choices. Whatever type of phone you use, I hope it is meeting your needs. If you're like me, sometimes I get sucked into the cool gadgets before I realize what's going on. Perhaps this article will help you pause for a moment and consider your options. You know, I'll probably have to get a smart phone at some point. Or at least a smarter phone than the one I have now. But in the meantime I'm happy being a freak.