About a year ago, I caved and got an iPhone. It was second hand but that worked for me, but now I want it gone. Therefore, I am leaving behind my iPhone for something simpler.
Despite my love for always being connected to what my friends and family are doing, I have noticed a steady decline in actually going and hanging out with them. Instead of getting together for coffee or a meal, I just turn on my phone and their whole lives are there for me to inspect.
While there is something to be said for convenience, it also means I am always plugged in to it and there is nothing to talk about when we do get together because everything has already been discussed.
In addition to that, the app store is my kryptonite. Games like Disney’s Frozen Freefall, Candy Crush, and Tetris have woven their siren song over me with their ease of access on my phone. Before, gaming meant logging into the computer or firing up my PlayStation, now it just means unlocking my phone and clicking away.
So now, I find myself playing rounds of games when I really should be cleaning my apartment or enjoying the sun with my kids.
This surprised me and it should not have. My kids are of the age where they mimic everything and learn by simply watching what we do. So when I went into their room and they were manipulating my iPhone like pros, I felt very nearly sick to my stomach. I want them to find joy in playing with other kids, their toys and exercising their imagination as much as possible. They even get upset if I take the phone away from them. Now I will not say there are not some great apps for the kids to learn on, but I would rather them learn the old fashioned way first, before they start relying on a cell phone to teach them.
This was the crux of it I wanted simplicity. Call, text, and send the occasional picture to my friends. I do not need to stream my entire life for the world to see. I wanted to get back to the simple, initial use of the cell phone. Now I am on the hunt for a nice, easy to use phone. Motorola Razor anyone?