We were just like any other couple with smart phones: checked in on Facebook or Foursquare, had work emails set up so we looked at them way too often, shared funny photos and spent part of work surfing the internet. Then it all changed.
We had discussed dropping a phone or two numerous times because they were expensive. But I managed social media for a few companies and it was an essential part of me getting work done, or that’s what I convinced myself and my husband. My husband said he could do without but that I definitely needed it because I got lost in our big city too often.
After a job offer in a new city, we decided that we needed to cut all the excess to ensure we could live off his new base commission. So among other things, the smart phones went away. We dropped the unlimited data from AT&T, switched to Verizon and got “dumb phones” as our friends call them. They are *gasp* just phones that can also send text messages. Simple, basic and cheap.
Life hasn’t changed too much work-wise for me after moving, I still handle social media for two companies and am working on starting my own marketing and photography business. Needless to say, I am still knee-deep in social media. To get around that I take my laptop everywhere I go. And have found all the places in town with free wifi! My husband doesn’t mind much, he has internet at work and an iPad at home to keep him connected an entertained.
There are some things I desperately miss, like my Pandora while driving or GPS. But not having GPS in a new town means I have an instant conversation-starter, and it’s like being back in high school — exploring and getting lost and having to figure out your own way home again. It is really helpful that our new town is not huge, and everyone is especially nice and welcoming when I tell them we’re new.
The best experience I’ve had with getting lost was when I found an amazing furniture store downtown. It was totally unexpected in a small north Texas town and full of beautiful pieces the owner brings back from China every year. After looking around we started talking and she ended up giving me directions to the local coffee shop, the best BBQ in town and a couple of other places.
Everyone really is a gold mine of information here and they are all willing to talk to you! I never would have found half the things I have with a smart phone that I have found through talking to people!
Things that are awesome about no smart phone:
- Making fun of everyone on them while out with friends
- Having more conversations
- Realizing how much more time you have and how much you can get done when not distracted by your phone.
- I talk to my spouse more and we get more done each night after work
- Getting lost
The tough things:
- Getting lost
- No music for long drives back home
- No camera and instant photo sharing
- No distraction when you’re bored, or in an awkward situation
- No GPS
Overall, life without our smart phones is just as good and happy as with them, if not better. On a daily basis I don’t miss it, its only when we travel that I do. So to anyone who has wondered about life after smart phones; it is okay, life is great, and the world keeps turning!