Why I Don’t Own A Smart Phone

Smart phones ruin lives. Or perhaps more accurately, they ruin social lives. You want to know where I got my phone? Radio Shack. For ten bucks. Don’t you just love it? Oh, the irony! It’s a piece of crap phone from 2005 that drops phone calls constantly and will occasionally decide to not turn on. It’s the furthest thing from smart. In fact, it’s incredibly stupid. My phone is stupid and enrolled in Special Ed classes. It may sound terrible but the beauty of having a phone in Special Ed is that I own it; it doesn’t own me. Get it? When I finish a long day of blogging about penises and being sad, I run away from my computer screaming and into the loving arms of my IRL friends. Not spending the rest of my day clicking “Refresh” is…refreshing to say the least. If someone really wants to get in touch with me, they can just call or text me. I have no email or internet access and society needs to deal with it.

Working in the blogosphere can turn anyone into a sort of Luddite. You spend your days working on something that’s designed to give people pleasure. Many people go on Thought Catalog to make their workday faster whereas I go on it to actually work. Being consumed with every psycho facet of the internet has definitely played a role in me being anti-smart phone, but it also doesn’t hurt that I get to see my friends lose all social grace and become glued to their phones when we actually hang out. I don’t want that for myself. I don’t want to ever be that person who has more of an active life online than offline. That’s no easy feat for a blogger though. You really have to work at achieving a separation.

Whenever I think of switching over to the smart side, I Google pictures of people waiting in long lines outside of the Apple store, and then I think of what I would be losing. My freedom, to a certain extent, would be gone. Deleted. I’d be another dick on his smart phone, ignoring real life interactions, and that’s just not who I am. I love REAL LIFE. Real life is what makes my fake life so possible. If I started paying more attention to my gadgets than my relationships, you would be subjected to some boring blog posts. It’s my job to have a social life and report back to you all! So no, I’m not going to give in. I’m going to continue to be the only person that doesn’t have internet capabilities. Yeah, laugh at me! But I’m not the silly goose who’s too busy surfing the web to actually realize that their real life is passing them by. You can have your smart phone; I’ll have my smart decision. TC mark

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    DITTO! 

  • pb&j

    “In fact, it’s incredibly stupid. My phone is stupid and enrolled in Special Ed classes.”Really, though? Look, I’m all for political incorrectness but when you make a short sighted statement like this one, at the beginning of a poorly written piece, it makes you sound… well, stupid.
     
    Love your rants, wish you would think about what you say twice.

    • Wayfarers99

      maybe im stupid too..

      but, huh???

      • BAM!!

        special ed people aren’t stupid.

  • Erin

    My friend doesn’t have a smart phone either.  It’s just a regular looking flip phone from like 2006.  He always says he doesn’t want his phone to be smarter than he is.

  • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

    I love my POS stupid phone.  It’s a fucking tank, man, I drop it all the time and throw it at walls and it just keeps on trucking.  I even lost it on the train twice but both times some nice person picked it up and left it for me somewhere because no one would fucking want to keep it.  

  • macgyver51

    People will make their own lives miserable with or without smartphones. Its just a tool.

  • adam

    I’m getting rid of my smartphone after reading this article.

  • Scott

    But, Ryan, how will I find you on Grindr?!

  • Michelle

    You’re the best. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/disastrology Stephanie Bueno

    that’s so smart of you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23443988 Dayton C Castleman

    are u old

  • Shruthi

    Just, I mean just this is a epic post! I mean. Hai. Please be my friend in real life! You even get to come to India, which is such an uplifting country, just to say hello to me. Okay, I’m going to stop now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-Shafer/1169280047 Megan Shafer

    hell yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1499940031 Molly McGrane

    http://www.good.is/post/why-i-dumped-my-iphone-and-why-i-m-not-going-back/ I think you’re both nuts, but Sam’s post is more reasonable. You’re better than this, Ryan!! And a week late!

    • A.

      Exactly what I thought of too

  • Anonymous

    So this is just defending your decision not to be mainstream

    • leesha

      i mean….shutup….

    • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

      Unless mainstream means “I need it just because” without putting any thought into the purchase then yea. Totally side with Ryan. “off”stream seems has more integrity.

  • Pepperk

    I’m 25 and also a business owner, so a smart phone would be a logical choice for those two reasons alone.  Nevertheless, I whole-heartedly agree w/ everything you wrote- I just used my Verizon update to purchase a new… flip phone.  And it’s only phone #4 since the age of 14.  I loved this article =)

  • Pepperk

    I’m 25 and also a business owner, so a smart phone would be a logical choice for those two reasons alone.  Nevertheless, I whole-heartedly agree w/ everything you wrote- I just used my Verizon update to purchase a new… flip phone.  And it’s only phone #4 since the age of 14.  I loved this article =)

  • Anonymous

    I too own a dumbphone. I fix it by throwing it against the ground. Sadly though, I must join the zombie smart phone masses now. My relationship of three years just ended and this phone is now a stigma. In this city of constant judging it is rather amusing to watch a smile fade from a girl’s face as you whip out your flip to take down her number. That may be shallow, but aren’t we all?

    • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

      It’s NYC. That place has gone to the rats, both figuratively and literally.

  • Anonymous

    I too own a dumbphone. I fix it by throwing it against the ground. Sadly though, I must join the zombie smart phone masses now. My relationship of three years just ended and this phone is now a stigma. In this city of constant judging it is rather amusing to watch a smile fade from a girl’s face as you whip out your flip to take down her number. That may be shallow, but aren’t we all?

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  • http://hotfemmeinthecity.wordpress.com/ natasia

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  • http://twitter.com/dingangbatoRAID Joezel S. Samson

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  • http://twitter.com/Pardee Pardee

    You can have a smart phone and not perpetuate off bad habits IRL. Just put it away. Not that hard.

    This reminds me of ugly girls in HS who claimed to be in the Abstinence Club out of sacrifice. 

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      ugly people fuck too

    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

      ugly people fuck too

    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

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    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

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    • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

      Ya, sure, pardee. Suuuureee.

  • Adolf Hipster

    I love how there’s an ad for a smartphone directly above this piece.

  • Omgwtfbrblolttyl

    I’m cool with having a smart phone because I have an IRL job.

    • http://twitter.com/MidwestPride MidwestPride

      That has to be one of the poorest rebuttals when it comes to “needing” a smartphone.

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