(Closed) Ditch the smart phone?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do? Ditch the phones?
    Go back to "dumb" phones. DH gets a tablet that he can take to work and use at home. (Saves $$$) : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Keep smart phones but lower data plan. Set up boundaries about use at home/around baby. (Saves $) : (25 votes)
    68 %
    Keep smart phones as they are. You are worried unnecessarily. (Saves no $$$) : (7 votes)
    19 %
    Some brilliant option that solves all of your problems that I've laid out below. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    5001 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I say #2. We don’t have kids yet, but we try to have some boundaries, for example we don’t use phones at the dinner table. These days, it’s so convenient to have them and I don’t think you need to change your life to avoid smart phones. Everything in moderation! Because if it’s not the smart phone, it will be the tv, computer, fast food, etc. I think you can have your phones but make sure they don’t overwhelm you. Maybe even have a bowl at your front door where you put the phones when you come home, or just turn them off after hours. 

    Post # 5
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Jess1483:  H has a smart phone through his work; thankfully we don’t hve to pay for that.  He uses it for work, but this phone is extremely handy for road trips.  As in I am not sure how I ever did a raod trip without one!  Booking hotels, finding somewhere to eat, miles to the next gas station, etc.

    I have a flip phone that doesn’t do anything fancy but text.  I happen to sit at a computer all day for work and I have a computer at home.  I decided NOT to geta  SmartPhone because I dont really need to be in touch ALL the time.  It would be nice when I’m on vacation, but I use H’s SmartPhone to check my Hotmail.

    What about StraightTalk.com from Walmart?  It’s $45/month for unlimited text/talk/data for a smart phone.  You could probably use the phones you have now.


    Maybe setting up rules too.  H does not eat with his phone near him, ir look at it in restaurants either.  If I’m talking to him face to face, he’ll put his phone down.  He’s just doing common courtesy but I think people can forget these things.

    Post # 6
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I still have a “dumb” phone simply because I don’t really want a smart phone.  But it sounds like for your job you’d probably be better off having one but with a cheaper data plan and restrictions on when/where/how often you use it.

    Post # 7
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Why would you get rid of something that makes life easier and more fun?  

    We all have smartphones.  We have a teenage daughter.  The kids I care for all know how to use a touch screen.  I don’t believe phones should be “toys” for kids.  They should understand that the phone belongs to mommy and its not a toy but in this day and age its to their advantage to know how to use it.

    Here are our phone guidelines, the first few are solid but the last ones are just what happens naturally:

    • no phones, tvs, books, magazines, etc at meals(out for dinner Sunday a family of four was waiting for their meal with all 4 phones out, great family dinner!!)
    • no phones, ipods in the car when sitting in the front seat(if our daughter is in the back she can do what she wants)
    • no phones when guests are over or you are a guest in someone else’s home(how annoying is it to visit a friend and they are texting someone else the WHOLE time)
    • we put our phones upstairs when we are just hanging out together
    • we put our phones away when we are working, doing homework, etc

    Post # 8
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @baletrina:  These are the kind of rules we have, too. I’m the only one with a smartphone (my husband only recently got a cell phone and only out of necessity) but I try not to use it around my daughter more than necessary – ie, I use it to answer calls, to check emails during work hours, or to check our grocery list/library book list. She’s also been allowed to download a couple of games that we can play together while on the bus/metro. At home, I put it on silent and leave it on my dresser until she’s in bed.

    I think the best option is to set boundaries for how you want to use it (including my limiting your data, as that gives you a financial incentive to use it less) and really stick to them.

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