To keep a balanced approach along with the previous article here’s five reasons why you shouldn’t own a smartphone.
1. Too complicated, wasting too much time
A lot of people are avoiding smart phones (and other complicated pieces of technology) simply because they’re afraid they will not be able to figure them out. They are certainly right, these phones are complicated, requiring time and patience to understand and get used to the process. This could be time consuming and some people just aren’t comfortable with this.
2. You look too busy when typing away, people don’t think you’re paying attention
We’re all part of our social environment. If you spend most of your time looking at your Blackberry than you are making an eye contact, people would stop any kind of contacts with you at all. Knowing that some avoid using smartphones to prevent loosing other people’s attention.
3. You prefer your smartphone to real world face-to-face contact
This is somewhat similar with the previous reason, but in fact – just the opposite. Why would you waste time on sending e-mails back and forth if you could just meet for 15 minutes and solve all the issues. In fact, from my own experience, a 30 minute meeting can resolve enough issues to save you about 6 – 8 hours of writing e-mails.
4. Battery life makes you go crazy
Smartphones are hungry beasts. If you used to recharging your phone once a week (light use) or once every three-four days (heavy use) – forget it. Almost every smartphone even with moderate use requires recharging every night. It could hold its juice for over 24 hours, of course, but would you want to be stuck in the boring meeting next day and don’t have enough power to check your e-mail while you’re at it?
5. Your data gets lost with your phone
That’s the most dreaded thing of all. We tend to sidestep required security locks in the names of efficiency and easiness of use. Just imagine if all the data you have on your phone is in some dirty sticky hands. To avoid that altogether is alone a good reason not to have a smart phone at all.
2 replies on “5 Reasons NOT To Own A Smartphone”
I guess you would also discourage people to get a computer, on the same token. If you have never used a computer, that looks like a VERY complicated tool. However, once you learn the basic (same as driving and anything else), yiu manage to be proficient. Same for the smartphone. You learn the basics and you’ll never believe how much time you can save. Obviously some people are the exception and waste their time texting and rest.
Funny you got ticked at that specific point. Presently I work in organization where “simple is the word”, where people have really hard time figuring out what to press on their Blackberries to get what they want and where things break because they aren’t simple enough.
You’d be surprised at the number of people who really just want a phone that makes phone calls. Heck, all my relatives older then 50 would be included!