To Smartphone or to Dumbphone?

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Smartphones are slowly, little by little, taking over the world. Almost everybody nowadays is feeling pressured to buy a smartphone, while some of us are actually perfectly happy with our “dumbphone”. People want to be connected and preferably 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s no easy getting away from things when you have a smartphone though, because society expects you to check your phone the whole day and to reply within a few minutes, or even better, within one minute.

I must admit it. I have a smartphone as well – an iPhone 4S, which is now facing a slow death since I dropped it on the floor at the gym… again. Not that I drop the darn thing every day, but I’ve had my smartphone for over 3 years now and of course I’ve dropped it a couple of times by accident.

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There are certain advantages and disadvantages to having a smartphone and they tend to confuse me a lot since I kind of need (do I really?) a smartphone to make my job more easy. It do costs a lot of money to have one and when you’re a traveler, like myself, then the possible risk of someone stealing your smartphone is not a joy at all. Would I really miss out on a lot of things if I wouldn’t have a Smartphone?

Should I buy a Smartphone or a Dumbphone?

Reasons I “need” it

  1. I talk for “free” with friends and family because of WhatsApp.
  2. I listen to music through my phone’s playlists.
  3. I can take pictures and make notes whenever I want and need to.
  4. I practice languages with my language app and log my runs.
  5. I can download my mail whenever, wherever (which can also be a bad thing).
  6. There is always Skype when I have no more credit.

 

Reasons why I don’t need it

  1. It makes me want to use it while I’m driving.
  2. It doesn’t help me to get some sleep since I sleep next to it which seems not to be healthy at all.
  3. Stupid group chats.
  4. I don’t play games.
  5. I already have a relationship and I don’t need one with my phone. I know people who put more attention to their phone than to their loved ones!
  6. I may be forced again to repair or replace it, which would cost me a fortune.

To live and to work today is to be surrounded by technology and no matter how many things I resist about smartphones, I still love having immediate access to the whole wide world.

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So will it be a Smartphone or a normal cellphone? Everyone will have to make their own call…

However, I do would love to hear what you think.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.

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