Canceling my iPhone data plan has been one of the best decisions I’ve made all year. That may sound weird coming from someone who’s job is online marketing, but let me explain.
First. I still have my iPhone, but it’s more like a really small wifi iPad. I still Instagram, listen to Spotify, watch YouTube videos, and download podcasts. Ashley calls it my mini-tablet.
Second. There are very few places in my daily routine that don’t have free wifi.
Third. I still have a cellphone, it’s just my flip phone from college. I do believe it’s important to have some way of communicating in case of an emergency.
So what have I learned so far?
My iPhone was such a distraction. A distraction from experiencing every thing and every one that I had been spending time with. Turns out no one cares if I don’t tweet or Instagram all day. And most importantly, the world doesn’t end if I don’t check social media for a few days.
99% of what’s said online is just noise, and I quickly learned not to worry about the 1%. Turns out I already had ways of getting that information – email, phone, text, RSS feeds, actual conversations over coffee.
Will I ever get another smartphone?
Sure. I’d actually like to upgrade to Samsung’s Galaxy S6, but for right now I’m happy being data plan free.