Downgrade

Bill Warner writes:

My name is Bill, and I'm a smartphoneaholic.

Every spare, quiet moment I have is given over to the wonders of the smartphone. It's usually a toss-up between reading the New York Times, or checking email. If both have been picked over, I have a wider-ranging news app called Fluent. After that, there's Twitter. And by then, the period of quiet time is over.

I believe that this (intimate) time with my smartphone has helped me think many small thoughts. In fact, I've come to believe that I'm losing something important. I'm losing that time of day dreaming. I'm losing that time of looking around and thinking. I'm less likely to even make a phone call and talk to someone.

I'm more likely to stare into the smartphone, read small articles, read emails, and think small thoughts.

Bill is a Boston guy who blogs about "Technology, Angel Investing, History, Videos and Photography." Delightful blogger (his photo storytelling is terrific; see this example).

I am asked frequently about my crappy cell phone. Why no iphone? For example, my wife asks me that. Because I often try to grab her iphone, since mine is crappy. With her iphone, I can read small articles and think small thoughts.

Bill Warner continues:

So today, I went into the AT&& Store and met a very capable sales person named Bob, and I told him I wanted to "downgrade." He said it was the first time he heard that, but he quickly understood what I wanted.

I wonder sometimes if the wireless internet so many schools have now helps teachers or hinders them.

I wonder if more of us should downgrade.

Maybe the Amish are onto something.

Comments

There was a story on NPR recently about the Waldorf school in Mountain View, Ca which is attended by the students of many of the folks who develop the technology we use every day, like Google or Facebook. Sons and daughters of very tech savvy people but they attend a school where technology is deliberately kept out of the curriculum and day to day. They do not seem worse off for it. Full disclosure: I read today's blog in very small print and painstakingly typed my response into my smartphone...

Not sure I understand the connection between wireless internet in schools and smart phones. I need the wireless internet for some things I do in my library where it would be impossible to connect a computer to the Internet any other way. But I don't need the wifi to make my iPhone work. What am I missing here?

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