Rotary at heart

My own reasoning is not exactly the same as Roger’s, but neither one of us is a candidate for one of those mediumfalutin’ smartphones:

I embrace technology, but technology does not always embrace me. There was a period when we would have our work computers were swapped out after so many months, and mine would always be a couple months earlier than others.

Mine is usually the last to be updated, mostly because I habitually tend to resist the tyranny of the new. I think technology is basically indifferent to my existence, and had I the choice, I would return the compliment.

This is more serious:

I don’t want to be one of those people whose attention is buried in the device, oblivious to the surroundings. I see that a LOT on the bus each day.

I wonder how many of them actually miss their stop. (And I suspect that most of the people who text while driving are using smartphones, if only because squeezing out text on a flipper is even more incredibly tedious than doing so with something that has a simulacrum of a keyboard.)

And there’s this:

I am very wary of geolocation. I don’t want to be omnipresent in the world, or hacked, or sent ads telling me what stores are nearby that I “want” to go to. Frankly, being able to pay for something on a smartphone is a disincentive.

I figure I give away too much location information already, without having to carry a device to do it for me.

Add to this the fact that any data plan at all would at least double my monthly wireless expense, a point also made by Roger, and I figure I can survive with this little flipbox for a couple more years.



  1. McGehee »

    4 April 2015 · 8:47 am

    I’ve used TouchPay a couple of times, but didn’t find it any more convenient than getting out the credit card.

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 April 2015 · 9:18 am

    I’ve said this before, but several near-miss accidents in the past year that I’ve seen (or nearly been part of) have involved someone pecking away on their damn smartphone while they drive. (And the guy who actually hit me was ticketed for “distracted driving,” so I suspect he might have been as well)

    I’ve also had students walking-and-texting nearly collide with me in the halls. Not cool when you’re trying to carry a couple of microscopes.

    I don’t want one, largely because it’s too easy for me to get sucked into the Blue Hole of the Internet as it is.

  3. McGehee »

    4 April 2015 · 10:59 am

    In candor, it would be impossible for me to text and drive, since I need uncorrected vision for the road, and reading glasses for the phone. So I make a virtue out of not-wanting-to-put-up-with-the-hassle.

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