If I was still in Baltimore, I’d probably never write a post like this, but in the Bay Area, much of the talk is about the gadgets you use: your phone, your computer, the latest app you tried, the latest game, the newest social network. In these talks, I’m always a bit behind, since I still don’t have a smart-phone.
It’s not a rebellious thing. Not having a smart phone isn’t at all cool. It’s just sort of eccentric. I’ve come to realize that turning your back on a technology is only seen as cool when people are conflicted about their use of that technology. Thus, not being on Facebook is cool, because peoples’ use of Facebook causes them pretty deep anxiety.
I don’t think people are anxious about their smartphones in the same way.
The reason I don’t have one is 50% laziness and 50% a lingering desire to not have constant access to my email.
I do have every other electronic device, though: laptop, iPod Touch, iPad, and Kindle.
However, today I decided to put both the iPod and the iPad up for sale on eBay, because I realized that they weren’t really meeting my needs.
I enjoy the internet a lot. But what I enjoy about it is being able to interact with people…not the aimless browsing. Tablet computing makes it really easy to browse–there’s nothing in the world that is as good for delivering internet to your eyeballs–but it’s hard to write anything of length on a tablet. Even Facebook and Twitter messages don’t seem to come out quite right when I compose them on a touchscreen.
Furthermore, my writing process relies on cutting myself off from the internet, and I’ve found that having three internet-capable devices within arms’ reach can lead to serious distractions. So I will go back to the stone-age: I’m only going to own one internet-capable device.