Today when I am out and about, I seem to be one of the only teens without a smartphone. When I look around at all the people who are checking their phones constantly, I feel so glad that I am not one of them. People miss so much when they are looking down at the tiny, glowing screens of their phones. I feel like they are missing out on life. Phones are wonderful for keeping in touch with family and friends that live far away, but so many things that people do on their phones is much less meaningful and worthwhile.
My dad used to spend so much time on his phone. What was he doing? When I asked or looked over his shoulder, I saw that he was snapchatting little snippets of himself talking in a weird voice with bunny ears and a mustache put on his face. I felt like he was obsessed, practically addicted. For many teens, it seems like the moment they stop doing something physical or put their phone away, they start complaining about being bored. Then they pull their phones out again and start playing games or aimlessly flipping through pictures.
I am so extremely glad that I am not one of those people. I feel like I get to experience life so much more fully because I am not stuck on a phone. It is very true though, that there are times I wish I could have a phone just so that I could maybe be in the loop more. But when I really think about it, having a phone would, by appearance, make me fit in, but first of all, none of my friends have or use smartphones regularly and secondly, I would despise being so attached to a phone. Of course too, I am pretty sure that I would get terribly tired of my friends.
In conclusion, I feel that I am extremely lucky to not feel the need or pressure to have a smartphone, though there are many upsides to having one. And I also think that the things that would be available to me if I had a phone would just pressure me and influence me to want more and more things that I don’t need or want.