I joined the iPhone world in September 2012 and my husband got one shortly after in February 2013. Our monthly phone bill went up 50% since both of us got iPhones because we now had data plans. Since we moved to Canada temporarily, our international plan allows us to talk/text within Canada and the U.S. but we can’t use our data plan. We only have internet access where wifi is accessible. The past 4 months with this phone plan have led my husband to question whether he wants to keep a smartphone when we move back to Michigan this winter. Conveniently, I recently saw this video about smartphones that made me both laugh and sigh from this sad truth.
Since I took a break from dietetics and currently work for Starbucks, each 8-hour day allows me two 15-minute breaks along with a 30-minute half hour. I spend my 15-minute breaks taking care of emails and reading articles from fellow dietitians, finance blogs like this, and the Gospel Coalition all on my awesome Bloglovin’ app. I really enjoy the luxury of having this app. Before I had an iPhone, I’d spend an hour or two after work writing my own articles or for this site, reading and commenting on other blogs, and checking out the latest research in the dietetics field. I hated that because time on the computer meant time not spent hanging out with my husband or friends. Now I can get things done throughout the day and not need to be on my phone when my husband gets home in the evening. If only that’s what actually happened…
My husband can’t find a good reason why having an iPhone is better than not. He too reads articles during lunch at work and catches up on emails, etc. Lately he’s voiced to me that he’s annoyed by how much he’s on his phone when he’s home in the evening. Whether it’s watching CrossFit competitions or fail compilations on YouTube, reading more articles, or checking his newsfeed on Facebook, it can quickly eat up precious time. I can’t put all the blame on him for wasting time- if he starts watching You Tube videos, instead of voicing that we should go for a walk or do something productive I view that as my opportunity to turn into a zombie on Pinterest or Twitter!
So what now?
I’m planning on keeping my phone. While I can admit that I don’t NEED it, I find that it actually does make me more productive (most days). My husband on the other hand is fairly confident he’ll get rid of his. We’re given 1440 minutes in a day that can’t be bought back and we don’t want to waste all of our time staring at a 4-inch screen. While we can’t put a price on the time we’ll save from not being glued to a phone, I’m confident it’s a decision that we won’t regret.
Have you thought about “downgrading” from a smartphone in order to not waste time? Can anyone relate to the video?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.