I did something strange the other day: I went out of my way to downgrade my cell phone. What?!
Most people choose to actually "upgrade" their phones when that time rolls around. People pick up the latest version of phones like it's going out of style. Some people just feel the need to have the latest and the greatest. However, I went from an old trusty smart phone to a simple phone with fantastic features like texting and calling, and I'm feeling like the latest and greatest version of myself.
Gone are the days of constantly checking my Facebook: in between class, in awkward situations, or virtually anytime I'm away from my computer. Gone are the days of random updates to my Twitter or nervous web scrolling. I've downgraded to a simple phone with far less features and it's actually a good thing.
While I did use my email as a journalist, I'm finding that I didn't need all those apps and do-hickeys. They just consumed my time and energy. And when I was with people, I found myself playing around with my phone while I could have been paying attention. It's a bad habit, and it's one that I'm stopping now. I don't need to constantly be checking for notifications. I can live in my own little world until I'm able to get to a computer. It's kind of...refreshing.
On that note, I spent some time with a couple of close friends the other day. Unlike most of my friends, they did not mess around with their phones; they kept them put away. All of the focus was on each other and lively conversation; it was truly a rewarding experience. The only time my phone was pulled out was to take pictures, and it just felt much better than being distracted by something as silly and meaningless as a cell phone. I think this will be a very rewarding change for me. Plus, you can't complain about a cheaper phone bill!
Would you ever "downgrade" your phone after having a smart phone, or do you swear by your gadgets?