Right before I moved to Grenada a little over a year ago, I made the
traumatic decision to turn off my iPhone. Imagine me kicking and screaming calmly making my way into the store and asking them to shut ‘er down. They really tried hard to keep me, especially because I lost my unlimited data that I was grandfathered into. However, I prevailed. I said no. I turned it off…
…and I spent nearly every day for 6 solid months reaching for my phone to look up something online. Alas, the smart phone habit was very, very hard to break, but I have come out of it a champion!
Admittedly, it was a lot easier for me to go without one since I moved to a small tropical island and really only use my phone to text the hubs. (I’ve also gone over a year without eating McDonalds, but that’s another story for another day.)
However, for those of you who spend around $100 per month on your smart phone and are contemplating what else you could do with that $1,200.00 every year, here’s a list of reasons why I enjoy going without it:
1. I use my time more wisely. I read a book or talk to a friend while waiting in line instead of playing Angry Birds or texting aimlessly.
2. It is so much cheaper. I pay $20.00 US per month for my pre-paid tiny little phone.
3. It’s peaceful. There aren’t a lot of sounds and buzzes from e-mails, picture texts, video messages, and whatnot. It just simply makes a noise when it rings and when I get a text.
4. It’s cheaper to fix. These little phones cost about $30, whereas fixing an iPhone is a several hundred dollar expense.
5. I was able to sell my iPhone to a friend here, making a little bit of a profit.
So there you have it, a real in-the-flesh 25 year old who is surviving this modern world without a smart phone. To be honest, I’m actually a little surprised that I made it this long without one. I won’t claim that I’ll shun smart phones forever, but it’s working out just beautifully for now.
So how do you feel about your smart phone? Are you attached? Could you live without it? Or, are there any folks out there with a regular ol’ cell phone? I can’t be the only one…