I don’t own an iPhone.
I use….a droid.
I know- What kind of loser am I?
When I am at a store famous for texting 20% off coupons, I have had clerks mock me because it takes me longer to pull up the coupon from my phone. They snicker because it’s slightly more difficult to scan the barcode. Once a clerk whispered to her co worker that I must really need that 20% off….
Here’s another secret….my Mother……she uses a flip phone.
Can you imagine?
My Mother is the recipient of all sorts of digs. People assume she’s stupid, or poor, because she hasn’t succumb to the smart phone generation. They don’t understand how she doesn’t want her apps and her email at the ready. Is she a Neanderthal? A luddite? Even I have thrown the occasional dig at her because I want to be able to text her pictures forward her articles, tickets and such and I am unable to do that. I have accused her of being stuck in another era…
When my daughter first got a phone, there was no such animal as a smartphone. It was easy back in the day to get your kid a phone, because you went to the store and bought the cheapest one they had. Then- smart phone. A whole new way to make kids feel bad about themselves, and compare themselves to others.
What does a kid without an iphone do now? How do they feel on a daily basis? One of my daughter’s best friends did not have a smart phone while he was in middle school. He just didn’t care that he got taunted every day. But then he got to High School, and even he bought into the smart phone culture. By the end of September Freshman year, he was the proud owner of an iPhone.
So what is your stand on smart phones?
Do you or anyone you know not own a cell phone? About fifteen years ago, my Husband did not have a cell phone. His boss actually stated that he needed to get one so he could be reached throughout the day…remember, my Husband is a CFO/accountant type…it’s not like he’s saving lives…
Do you own a smartphone?
Do you feel inferior if you don’t have the latest and greatest cellular device?
Have you ever inadvertently made someone else feel bad because they are behind the cellular times?
Smart phones are not cheap, nor are the plans. But do we live in a world that now almost demands the ownership of a cell phone? Some venues in NYC have switched to virtual tickets only. Some NYC subways are currently testing the use of scanning your cell phone in order to pay your subway fare. While I don’t “need” my cell on a daily basis, it sure helps…
Is the reliance on smart phones and their assorted technology elitist?
Are we making people pay for something that they shouldn’t “need” to get on with their lives?