I really didn’t want to do this. For so long, in fact since it came out, I have fought against the very idea of owning one. I told myself that I didn’t need it, that I believed in anti-conformity, that I didn’t want to be just like everyone else. I would see all the people who had one and watch as they clutched to it like a baby would to a doll, telling me (or others) that they were “completely addicted” to it and “couldn’t imagine living without it.” I told myself that I would never be one of those people.
Now, however, things have changed, and I am thinking of getting the very thing I once refused to add into my vocabulary: a smartphone.
I am aware that crazes happen for a reason. Millions of people would not have a smartphone if it didn’t mean anything to them. I know that there are certain advantages to having a smartphone. You can get updates on current events, you can e-mail friends or co-workers, you can send documents, you can interact on social media, you can use all of those apps (whatever they are for), and, most importantly, you can take selfies of yourself at every conceivable location and upload them on Facebook in order to show your friends how much of a fulfilling life you have.
As surprising as this may seem, I’m not actually getting a smartphone to take swimsuit selfies of myself. I’m getting one (or at least thinking of getting one) so that I can be more available for some freelance editing gigs that I am getting into (more on that later). I also have a dayjob (technically a nightjob based on the hours) that requires staff to have an e-mail. While e-mailing is not a very crucial part of the job, it would be nice to get updates when I am away from my computer.
However, I’m still so uncertain about all of this. I have heard all of the horror stories of people who get a smartphone and then spend every conceivable moment on it.
So, to help with this, I’m asking you: Do you have a smartphone? Is it for personal use or business? Is it possible to just use this thing for what really matters (increased availability) or will I too become sucked into the land of conformity?
I’d love to hear your responses. Let me know in the comments down below.
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