Tech Talk: My Resistance to a Smartphone


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?


This article originally appeared on’s Tech Talk feature. It is reprinted with permission.


About Author

If Sarah Reinhard isn’t off hiding somewhere with a good book, chances are she’s chasing a toddler or a dog (or sleeping, because every mom can use a nap!).  She enjoys the idiosyncrasies of life in an old farmhouse in central Ohio with her husband and children.  She has been blogging at since 2006 and contributes regularly at and Faith & Family Live.  She can be heard weekly on Catholic Moments and Catholic Foodie and periodically on the Faith & Family Live and Uncommon Sense podcasts.

  • You’re not alone, Sarah, dear. I’ve got a “dumb” phone, too, and am perfectly happy with it. Nice article.

    • Mary Kochan

      My phone is already smarter than I am…

    • I tried a smartphone for a while and couldn’t get used to the way it made me think its way to accomplish anything. I realize my Windows PC is doing the same thing but I’ve used Windows since version 3.1 and don’t notice. I guess I’m just an artifact of the 90’s 🙁

  • Tarheel

    LOL! I work for a wireless carrier. I have a ‘smartphone” actually an iPhone that my Company says “Here, use this.” But along with a using a smartphone I have over the years have had to teach myself a few important lessons.

    1. I don’t need to check my email all that much. It can wait 99% of the time.
    2. Remember it is a phone and a “tool” to use, not an umbilical cord to connect me to the world.
    3. Apps are great. A lot of games a re fun and come in handy during conference calls (Sorry boss!).
    4. News apps are wonderful.
    5. I love my Rosary apps.
    6. I like the catholic news apps when they work. There is a big hint here. HINT HINT

    I do like my smartphone. I use it more than I ever thought I would even for personal use. Like finding an address or locating a place to eat nearby where I am.

    What I would like to see is more Catholic websites with a mobile version of their main web sites. Catholic Lane and EWTN there is a RATHER LARGE HINT here.

    Go ahead, get the smart phone. You will like it. And don’t say it is a young person thing either. I just turned 18 for the 39th time recently.