Why I Don’t Want a Phone

by Brice Bai

This is the age of technology—nowadays, it’s not even an uncommon sight to see even young toddlers tapping away at their own mobile devices. Adults and parents are checking emails and texts at the dinner table, senior citizens are picking up the latest gadgets, and adolescents can’t seem to wait a few minutes before checking if they received any new notifications on their phones.

In this time when technology is everything, it’s surprising for others to hear that I don’t have a phone.

And no, it’s not that my parents aren’t willing to give me one. There definitely are numerous reasons why having a phone can be beneficial, but I choose to not have one for my personal reasons and the cons the come along with buying that new, heavily-marketed iPhone:

  1. There are already enough distractions around me.

Most of my time is spent doing homework or other extracurricular activities that require personal practice on my own part, and with the amount of other enticing, time-sucking activities I could be doing (ex. browsing the internet and reading click-bait articles, getting sucked into the TV show that’s playing in the background, etc.), I don’t want something else like a phone to distract me and let me waste time more conveniently by being so accessible all day (and night!) long. These distractions can take over me once I’m done with my work for the day, but with a phone, it’s too enticing to not use it often.

  1. I don’t want to become over-reliant on it.

When I first really discovered all the fun parts of the internet, I was in an addicted love. Every time I found something new to obsess over, the addiction kept dragging me into its web, and I was basically a happy fly pleading to let the internet-spider eat me alive. As the years went by, I had less and less time to use a computer. I realized that I forgot the other things I liked and could do without Wi-Fi, and had developed a bad urge to always do something online. I can imagine that with a phone’s increased possibilities of things to do, an even more compulsive infatuation would develop. I don’t want to be that fanatical fly again who can’t operate without having a decent internet connection or signal.

  1. I didn’t need it before; I still don’t need it now.

A phone’s main, original purpose was to call someone. Later on, more and more features were added to mobile phones making them able to become, in a sense, miniature computers. It can be important to have a one for some people, due to its ability to quickly contact someone, but for me, my daily life doesn’t involve much change from the norm or “dangerous” activity that requires immediate communication with another person. The other features of smartphones like cameras, internet browsers, games, and other applications are already covered by my computer, and the handiness of the phone’s capability to do those tasks do not play a big role in my everyday life.

I do not foresee getting a phone in the near future while I’m at HB. As long as things don’t change too drastically, I’m content with what I’ve got and enjoy how what my digital life is like now.

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