Resisting smartphones

sadbuttrueI have many friends who grew really addicted to their "smart" devices. When we'd go out for a drink, the common ritual occurs - check in with FourSquare, then tweet if it's a particularly nice place, check their email, and maybe take a photo and post it on Facebook - and that's even before the drinks arrived. Checking email/tweets/status update routine would then extend during the conversation, in 5-10 minute intervals.

Interestingly, I never had a smart phone. For me the ultimate thing to look in any phone has been it's battery life. That easily removed any smart phones from a list of desirable phones as far as I am concerned. Give me a 10+ day battery life and that gets me excited.

Not being "plugged into" the email throughout the day really allows me to enjoy the rest of my day, time that I am supposed not to be working.

Does the business suffer? I still did not have a situation when the fate of the business would depend on me having the access to email at that very moment. There have been few urgencies throughout the years that needed my immediate response but I usually had Internet near by. If there is no Internet near by then having an email app on the phone wouldn't help either.

I still do spend a lot of time with email but I like to devote time to it in bigger chunks, allocating time to email in the morning, during the day and in the evening. That allows me to get more things done as I am focused on only handling email.

And I am still definitely addicted to Internet. Need to receive my regular daily dose every day. But at least I am lucky that it does not extend throughout the whole day.

Could you do without Email, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, News apps on your phone? If not, how is it improving your life? Shoot in the comments.

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  1. Yavo
    Oct 3rd, 2012 2:00 PM


    Couldn't agree with you more about the smartphone... and the internet addiction, hehe.

    Just wanted to share an observation on the topic:

    Two weeks ago I walked past an Apple store where was a group of about 20 people who were waiting for the release of the new iPhone. The most interesting part of this group was a young family - the guy was zombified with his iPad, the woman - with her iPhone. It makes me wonder - why did they take their baby out (there was a baby cart in front of them) for an occasion like this?

    Guess it had an iPad in its hands, as well, but I just missed to see it..

    Anyway, since I closed my Facebook account I am surprised how my spare time has been saved from mindlessly clicking through someones timeline. And, who would've guessed, I believe my social life is improving as well. After all, what makes Facebook successful is that it gives you the false impression of socializing. All I got now is an account for development-related purposes with no contacts in it.

    p.s. What got me here is another one of your excellent plugins. Thank you and keep it up! :)

    • Oct 5th, 2012 12:12 PM

      You are welcome, feel free to comment on :)

      I still haven't been cured of Facebook though :)

  2. Sep 29th, 2012 9:28 PM

    Is it possible nor to be "plugged into" if all your customers are?
    As I see it, the point is to find a right balance.

    The smartphone helps me not to waste my time during boring moments (bus, metro, train...).

    Thanks for your post.

    • Sep 30th, 2012 7:49 AM

      We need a break every once in a while. Bus metro or train could be ideal moments to just do nothing.

      • Sep 30th, 2012 1:08 PM

        True... For me, It depends on how much time I have to do nothing :-)

        7-hour journey by train kills me 1-hour journey by metro kills me and 4-hour trip by bus is insane!

        Of course, when I'm not by myself and have a good book, too :-)

        • Sep 30th, 2012 9:50 PM

          Book is much better than a smartphone.

          • Sep 30th, 2012 9:52 PM

            Of course. No doubt about it

  3. Sep 16th, 2012 5:52 AM

    I would not want to live without a Smart Phone. It keeps me connected to the world around me. I have no idea how many times I have looked on Facebook or Twitter and some kind of big important news is being posted by everyone. If I would not have had my phone on me then I would have had no idea but what was going on until I got home. Not only that but being able to jump on the internet at any given time is a true blessing. Just about everyday I am in a discussion with someone and we do not know the answer to something. So we use our smart phones to find out. I know for a fact that I look things up way more often than I used to just because it is so quick and easy now. So for these reasons and many more I love my Smart Phone. :]

  4. Sep 6th, 2012 4:57 AM

    I have given in to having a smart phone and love having the ability to access the web for directions and information wherever I go for business. My office also has a VoIP phone system so we all communicate seamlessly without being in one location.