I’m not very smart, in fact I’m not at all smart – in terms of my mobile phone, that is.
From time to time people ask me to join them on ‘Messenger’ and I am invited to download an app. My twelve year old granddaughter suggests I should have an instagram account and I frequently receive friends’ indecipherable messages on my phone which have been sent using technology that my phone does not have (these, according to said granddaughter, are emoticons). I am still using the phone I got in 2007 – yes, TEN years ago! The provider frequently reminds me that I am entitled to an upgrade and, just as frequently, I remind them that I am not interested.
I find it astonishing that people are willing to pay £30+ a month for their phone contract. Maybe it costs even more than that nowadays. For £5 a month I get unlimited texts and something ludicrous like 500 minutes talk time which, so far as I’m concerned, equates to unlimited time given that last month I used 21 minutes and the month before that 27. I understand that i.phones can cost literally hundreds of pounds to buy. Unbelievable! Of course, those paying high monthly charges are getting more for their money but these are not things I need or want. Let me explain:
I have never found the need to look at my email whilst out and about. If anyone needs me for something important they can call or text me. Other than that it can wait until I get home where I can access emails on my i-pad, laptop or desktop PC. Similarly I have no possible interest in letting everyone and anyone know where I am at any given time by allowing my phone to log my location. I just don’t see the point.
Some people’s phones seem to ‘ping’ continuously with new stuff for them to view on Messenger, Facebook, Instragram, Snapchat, Pinterest or Twitter. There are probably others of which I have never heard. If I had these facilities then I would feel compelled to look – a case of the phone owning me instead of the other way round! I usually log on to the internet at some point in the evening where I can pick up whatever has been sent or posted.I do have a Facebook account (though I don’t post very regularly)and that’s enough. I don’t need anything else so, for as long as my phone works, I’m happy with the old friend.