Truly Hands Free!

Truly Hands Free! The Pomegranate ChroniclesI am proud to say that it has officially been three years since I shut off and disconnected my smart phone. Sometimes, I feel like we are the only family in the world without one. You can read about my original reasons to give it up, and how I made out my first year. This year, I find smart phones just taking over more and more of life. Last year, I wrote about feeling left out. People would gasp and say, “I can’t live without it!” This year, I find things a little different. People are still shocked I choose to not have one, but they now respond almost defeated, “I wish I could live without it”. It’s an interesting shift. They sure look hard to live without. There is an app for everything. I have an iPad, and have access to many of the apps that are available for smartphones (I’m not living in the stone-age!) I have to admit, I am a bit addicted to my iPad. It is not mobile, so I need to be in the house to be connected; however, I find it a constant reminder that it is a good thing I don’t have a phone. I know it would become even more of an addiction. I do think texting would be nice to have, I know I miss a lot of get-togethers because I am not on the “text list”. If it’s important, people call our old fashioned land line. I think of how much money we have saved now not having a cell phone (the tally is $3600) and I am amazed. I know the prices, plans and phones keep dropping, but I still like being not so “connected”. It’s nice to remain present in the moment and enjoying the company of who I am with without worrying about picking up a call, answering an email or responding to a text. Does this mean I’ll never get one? No. My situation is simple now, I work from home and don’t travel much. I am sure if this changed, I’d feel compelled to be a bit more connected. But until then, I remain hands free!

Do you have a cell phone? Would you give it up?

6 thoughts on “Truly Hands Free!

  1. February 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    More power to ya!! Sigh… I wish I could give mine up.

  2. February 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Wow!

    Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so connected. When I forget my phone at home and I go through the initial shakes I get over it. For me what I like the most is having a camera at the ready small enough to fit in my pocket and ways to edit and publish at my fingertips. I’m addicted to documenting my family’s life in photos. I like texting for communication with my job share partner. I have an iPad for home and work so I don’t need all the game apps on my phone.

  3. February 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I had the shakes for the first two weeks of quitting my phone. Truth be told, I think if I had a phone today, it would be very hard for me to quit as well. Let’s face it, they are cool. :)

  4. February 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Well, we will see how long I can hold out Preeti…I do feel the itch- that is for sure!

  5. February 22, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I too do not own a smart phone and never plan too. I have a basic cell phone with no texting and to be honest, I am perfectly happy. I think everyone is to hung up on their phones and miss out on life itself :)

  6. February 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Agreed Tina. :) (I will continue to fight the urge!)

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