My Resistance to a Smartphone


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When I whip my phone out of my pocket, people who know me well are usually surprised.

It’s not an iPhone.

It’s not an Android.

It’s not smart, actually.


It’s pretty much a regular phone, the kind your junior high niece is stuck with until she can pay her own data plan.

And you know what? I’m happy with it.

I know what would happen if I found myself suddenly willing to pay for a data plan and with my hot little hands on the phone of my dreams.

Not only would I suddenly have my eyes on a screen more than they already are, I would probably have to figure out some major organization and decision-making (i.e., what goes on the phone vs. what’s on the iPad vs. what I’ll use where vs. when do I need to take my iPad and on and on and on in an endless cycle).

There’s also a certain expectation when you have a smartphone. Suddenly, you’re available. All. The. Time.

I’m guilty of some of that already. I work from home, and I have an iPad that can hook me into wi-fi at any family member’s or good friend’s home. Silly me, I can check email practically all the time already. Do I really want to have one more tether, one more tie to something that really shouldn’t have such an authority over me?

Then there’s the bottom line: tossing my phone to the kids to amuse themselves would cause something like a WWF-level smackdown. My kids are as technology-geeked as I am, and while my oldest is bigger than the other two, they have some weapons of their own.

And, to be honest, I’m not sure I want to share.

That said, I have considered the awesomeness of the picture quality and my lack of a good camera since the death of my old one, the fact that I could finally figure out Ignio, and the general geeky-coolness of it.

But, for now, it’s a “dumb”phone for me.

Do you have a smartphone? What do you love–or hate–about it?

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Copyright 2012 Sarah Reinhard


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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. Hey, I knew there had to be more than just myself out there. I also do not have a smartphone currently and I am weighing the benefits of new way/old school to decide if I want to be more connected. Which is probably very odd considering I am only in my mid 30’s.

  2. I have wanted a smartphone for years…but never wanted to say anything because, well, we’re on a budget here and data plans are so pricey! But my husband surprised me with one at Christmas. I’m still learning how to put things all together, because really a smartphone is only as smart as its user. I’ve got a long way to go. Little by little, I am making my smartphone more useful to me.
    And I don’t share with the one child in my house who is too young to have his own cell phone.

  3. Dumb phone as well because I can’t justify that expense for what I would use the phone for. All phones will be smart phones sooner rather than later though, so hopefully plans will drop in price.

  4. I have a dumbphone, too. There are times when I want to get smart, but overall, I fear being online more than I already am and being less present in the moment. I’m trying to become more mindful, not less, and I fear a smartphone would thwart that goal.

    I also teach high school, and I see how addicted some of my students are to their phones. They are literally slaves to them. It’s a little scary, honestly.

  5. I waited four years to get my hands on an iPhone, and I love it. Yes, I probably spend WAY too much time playing around with it, but it also help keep me organized with my calendar and shopping lists and notes all on-hand. Maybe I can’t imagine living without it any more because I don’t have an iPad, too, but I really do love having email and everything with me.

    I am working on NOT letting it take over my life, though, and NOT having my face on that screen more than necessary. This, really, is the struggle: to be present to the people around me. Even if it is fun to tweet at my husband from across the living room. 😉

  6. I have a dumbphone too, and plan on holding out on a “smartphone” as long as possible. I don’t need or want one, and am connected enough as it is. Dumbphones are enough to check in with work and kids, can text and take pictures, work as cameras and alarm clocks, and what more could i want? Is there one good reason to be hooked up to the Net 24/7?

    Notice how no one has looked into the cost of a smart vs dumb phone for a year, including data pak. Can anyone say opportunity cost?

    Plus, these gadgets are really bad for the earth, and for people. Even so-called recycled smartphones expose children in the third world to toxic chemicals.

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