8 Reasons Why I Don't Have A Smartphone

8 Reasons Why I Don't Have A Smartphone

Smartphones aren't all they're cracked up to be.
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So many people are amazed that I don’t have a smartphone. Well, there are a lot of detriments to it. I mean, group messages require data for me to send or open, I have very limited memory space and my camera can’t zoom. That’s okay. It’s actually a great phone. Here's why.

1. Cost

It’s so much cheaper to have a “dumb” phone. I bought my phone for a whopping $50. I literally only pay about $30 to keep it on per month. If I had a smartphone, this phone card that I buy every month would not work. I’d have to upgrade to the $45 phone card. When you have to keep the phone going yourself (or get a little help from home when you’re trying not to make this an issue), affordability is quite the blessing.

2. Durability

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve dropped my phone. I don’t think it quite has the durability of a Nokia, simply because my phone does have some scuffs, but they are very few and far between. None of said scuffs are on the screen. I’ve dropped my phone on varying surfaces including, but not restricted to, carpet, a rug on a hardwood floor, my bed where it then bounced to the floor, the hard concrete floor of my dorm room, the hardwood floor in my kitchen, bounced off my leg and onto the carpeted floor in my house (which is not soft by the way) and so on. Seriously though, if I had a smartphone, that thing would be dead. Multiple times over. The worst that’s happened to mine is the phone turning off and the back of the phone was slightly taken off.

3. Longer Phone Life

I’ve had my phone since two weeks before my freshman year of college began. I’m a junior now. I know a lot of people who have updated their phones at least once in that time period.

4. Longer Battery Life

How often do you charge your smartphone? Every day? Every other day? Not me. I charge my phone about once a week. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s even that often. I don’t think about it until I notice that someone else, my roommate or my sister, for example, literally has to charge their phone every day.

5. Personal Interactions

I find myself less inclined to spend time on my phone than most who have smartphones. My younger brother made fun of my sister while she was playing Persona 3 because of this. Sometimes, she would not even pause the game to text someone back. The way conversations work in this game is that you have to hit a button to continue after a person says something. She’d be in a conversation, get a text and wait to continue the conversation. My brother would joke around saying that her character was paying attention, then say, “Hang on,” and text for a few minutes, mid-conversation. Now that he has a smartphone, he does the same thing. I pointed that out to him and he said there was a difference: my sister had never played the game before. He had played it.

6. Viruses

My sister has gotten a virus on her smartphone and she thinks there might be another one right now. Because I don’t spend nearly as much time on the Internet, I don’t have to worry about viruses. Just a fact of life.

7. Updates

I don’t have to worry about when or if my phone is going to update without my information being backed up. It doesn’t randomly update. Actually, it doesn’t update at all. Yes, this is a pro and a con, but it also means I don’t have to relearn how to use my phone.

8. Simplicity

There are so many different complicated workings of smartphones. So much so that they confuse me. I can use the buttons for making a phone call and texting someone on a smartphone, but that’s it. I’m sure that if I had a smartphone it wouldn’t take long for me to get the hang of it, but if I have to learn how to use a phone, it’s too complicated. Then there’s the camera. It’s super simple. Yes, I can’t zoom and trying to take pictures of the moon is impossible, but if you just bring the camera closer to the object you’re taking a picture of, you can get a pretty nice picture. I took this picture on my phone, no joke.

No, you don’t need a smartphone to be content with your method of communication. Some people prefer smartphones, others not so much. I’m not sure if I’ll ever own a smartphone. If that’s what you prefer though, that’s okay. You do you. There are benefits to having a smartphone too. I just prefer a “dumb” phone.


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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Buying New Clothes Every Month Has Been The Key To Helping Me Become Happy With My Body Again

Loving my body in new outfits has boosted my self image so much.

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Being body-positive has been really hard for me to do throughout 2019, despite there being an overwhelming surge in body-positivity around me, whether through my friends and family or YouTube. I look in the mirror and what I see is someone I want to make a jean size or two smaller like in the past. That being said, I've slowly been coming around to accepting the body I have now, instead of bashing it constantly. A key way I've come to accept the body I'm in now is through buying myself something new every month, like a new T-shirt or a pair of jeans or sneakers that help me see myself in a positive light. When I'm in a new outfit, I feel invincible. I don't think about how pudgy my stomach is, or about the hair I have growing in random places, like my neck or on my nose (yes, not just in, but ON too).

My bank account tends to suffer as of recently because of this, but it's worth it when I can genuinely feel good in what I am wearing every day. I like to wake up and think about how many outfits I can put together, ready to post my #OOTD for Snapchat without caring what anyone thinks. I've let social media dictate how I feel about myself more than I care to admit. I see how perfect all the models are in everything they're wearing from brands I know and love, yet when I try the same thing on, it's a whole different ugly story.

I don't enjoy trying things on to avoid the shame I feel when things don't fit me right, or if something that I thought would flatter me actually makes me look like a sack of potatoes. Instagram has really hurt my body image a lot — enough to make me delete it for a week after one post sent me spiraling. Going through those bumps made me finally realize it's not my fault if something doesn't fit. Sizes range depending on the item, it's the clothing items fault, not mine. Now that I see that, it's easier to brush off something not fitting me as it should. I know my size very well in the stores I frequent the most, so it's easier for me to pick out things I know will look good and not have to worry about the sizing issue.

Buying yourself something new is not something you should limit to every few months or longer. You shouldn't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone price wise every once and a while either. Coupons exist, stories always offer you them when you first sign up to receive emails and even texts. You can be crafty and still get a high price item for less. If you treat yourself to cheap things, you won't feel half as good as you want to. Granted, sticking to a limit is important but there's no shame in going over the limit every once and a while.

I love shopping as much as I love country music and writing short stories — a lot. Yes, I get yelled at almost every time I get something new. I need to save my money for important things, like for my sorority or for medical issues that could suddenly arise, or for utilities at my house next year off campus.

However, my mental well-being is not something I can ignore.

I can't push the good feelings aside to save 30 or 40 bucks a month. I don't want to feel as low as I've felt about myself anymore. I'm tired of feeling sad or angry at who I am, and I want to learn how to accept myself as I am. Buying myself something new, like clothes, is what offers a positive light to view myself under.

Whether you treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant, or to face masks, or to a new movie when it comes out — don't be afraid to do it. Put yourself first and you'll realize your worth and how much you've been ignoring it in the face of poor confidence.

My confidence isn't back up to where it used to be, but it's getting there.

It may not be the most cash efficient method of self-love, but my body positivity is better than it was a few months ago. Aerie and American Eagle have really helped me become happier with my body, and I can't thank them enough for being more inclusive for people like me who are learning to love themselves again in a new body.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us hoping to promote our own body positivity, and it could all start with a simple purchase from your favorite store after you read this.

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