This is the last post in my diatribe about technology. To buy or not to buy a smart phone - that is the question. I don't have a smart phone, or at least I don't pay for the privilege of going online on my phone. Why not, you may ask? Honestly, mainly because I don't see the need for it. I have a laptop at home, and I walk to work and have a computer there. As I spend most of my time either at home or on campus, why would I need a smart phone?
I do see the benefit, but I compare myself to folks who don't drive. As most people do drive, those who don't can find a ride when they need one 99% of the time. If I really needed to access a smart phone when I'm out and about, I could borrow someone else's phone.
Here is one example. On Mother's Day, our whole family was coming home from a nice Columbian dinner. I was lamenting the fact that the Amazing Race is over, which is a fun show to watch on Sunday nights. The wife in the winning couple did really well on the tasks, so I mentioned to my family "she was a good competer." Oh, they got a good laugh out of that one. "Mom, competer is not a word. It's competitor" my 20-something year-old son said. My youngest son stood by my side, and said he thought competer was indeed a word. I asked my husband to ask Siri - the virtual assistant on the newest iPhone. Siri came back with 'completer.' No help there.
When we got home, which was in less than a 1/2 hour, my youngest son looked it up on dictionary.com. Sure enough, 'competer' is a word. Thank God - as an English teacher it's not really fashionable to invent new words, though if Shakespeare can . . .
Of all the technology I am not currently using, a smart phone is probably the one I am more likely to buy -- but not right now. I'd get it if only to play 'words with friends' with my oldest son, who would probably cream me every time!