When my friend WC announced that he crossed over to the dark side and got a sillyphone recently, I began asking myself again, “are you still the only person on the planet without one of those things?”
I observed people at airports, at my meetings, and in restaurants last week and am convinced that…
…yes, indeed: I am the only person on Earth who doesn’t have one (or more) of those wallet-sucking devices. And yes, I cherish being a dinosaur.
That’s okay, as a colleague just said to me in an email in reply to his request for my cell number so he could add me to a texting notification system,
I respect your resistance to change. You’re the smart one in
I’m not so sure if my ongoing resistance to having a sillyphone is smart, but it sure saves me a lot of money.
My boss was saying that he spends about US$200/month on his “friends and family” cell phone plan, not to mention the huge expense of buying the device in the first place.
So let’s say US$500 for the device, + ($200 x 12 months) = $2,400 … total $2,900 for supporting an addictive device … that is a huge amount of money that cell manufacturers and carriers steal from the average consumer each year. No wonder they laugh all the way to the bank as they become more and more filthy rich.
I recognize that I am fortunate: My spouse won’t use those things and will not text; I do not have children who only know texting and do not use email; I can get lost by myself quite well without a nav app on a phone.
When I want to access a computer-supported website, I don’t need some app-shmapp. I can just go to my computer, turn it on, and surf away. I can type on a real keyboard, too, rather than squint and include an automatic signature line on messages that say, “excuse any typos while using a small keyboard on my phone.”
However, it is getting increasingly more difficult to resist. There are some places that one can’t access without one of those things. Oh well, if a restaurant insists on having a menu-app only and will not provide a regular one, then I’ll go somewhere else.
I know, eventually all “somewhere elses” will do the same, but for now, I will exercise my right to vote with my boots leading the way to traditional alternatives.
Life is short: enjoy saving significantly toward blissful retirement in peace.