50 Reasons to Not Own a Smartphone

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I love my current Nokia dumb phone with its week-long battery life and inexpensive pre-paid plan. But I’m lucky that I only use my mobile phone to make emergency phone calls and to send the occasional text.

Over the last month, I’ve considered buying a smartphone with a new phone plan. I’ve been absolutely bamboozled by what’s the best brand to buy, what features I want and trying to work out the best value plan to be on. I weighed up all the pros and cons of buying an unlocked phone outright and going prepaid, or going on an expensive two-year plan.

In the end, I decided I was better off staying with my trustworthy ‘dumbphone’ Nokia for a little while longer anyhow.

Here are my reasons to not own a smartphone:

  1. I can go out to lunch and pay full attention to the taste of my food and authentically listen to my dining companions.
  2. I don’t wear an ugly plastic fitness tracker.
  3. My watch doesn’t need weekly charging.
  4. I don’t get a nasty surprise or dread when I open my phone bill.
  5. I’m not bothered by how many virtual ‘friends’ I have or worried when they leave my Facebook or Instagram account.
  6. I can’t take a bad selfie and regret posting it online.
  7. I have never missed a train stop because I was distracted.
  8. I can’t look at work email after work hours.
  9. I don’t have the hassle of working out the complexities of the right settings to sync my phone with my home computer to back up all the data.
  10. My eyesight hasn’t deteriorated from reading tiny size text.
  11. I didn’t get RSI before I turned twenty or have niggling phone injuries like a crinked neck (also known as text neck, mobile phone elbow or cubital tunnel syndrome).
  12. I don’t regret wasting hours playing candy crush, bejeweled or angry birds.
  13. I don’t have random dreams about people from high school because the day before I saw a photo of them on Facebook but haven’t seen them in real life since I graduated.
  14. Sometimes the mysteries of the world will remain like that because I can’t Google it straight away.
  15. I have no idea what Kendall Jenner wore yesterday.
  16. I don’t mind where I sit in a restaurant and if the lighting is good enough to take photo.
  17. I’ve never dropped my phone in the toilet and had to ring the phone company embarrassed to ask for a replacement phone.
  18. I don’t worry about how much storage space I have left and which photos or songs I’ll have to delete.
  19. I’ve never lost my entire digital music collection by accident.
  20. I don’t wrestle with tangled ear phone cords every morning.
  21. I’m not worried about being busted for illegally downloading the latest season of Game of Thrones.
  22. I honestly couldn’t care less if I lost my phone.
  23. My phone fits in all of my pockets and handbags.
  24. I don’t waste money accessorising my phone case with what I am wearing.
  25. I don’t have to search the house for the right cord to back up my data.
  26. I charge my phone once a week on the weekend.
  27. I don’t need tweezers and a magnifying glass to put my sim card in.
  28. I don’t have to update my apps every second week.
  29. I’m not worried about my ex-tracking me down through GPS location settings or being robbed when I am on holidays because a criminal could work out that I’m not at home.
  30. I don’t need to go on a digital detox, I’m already on one.
  31. I’ve never had that sinking feeling of dropping my phone on a hard floor and picking it up to see if it still works.
  32. I’ve never had to get a cracked screen fixed at a dodgy outlet.
  33. I don’t worry about my phone’s camera accidently being on or butt dialing my boss.
  34. I don’t meet creeps through dating apps and I don’t get woken up in the middle of the night when those said creeps want a booty call.
  35. I can see where I am walking and don’t bump into random strangers.
  36. I don’t have a pile of unread eBooks which I downloaded because they were a good price.
  37. I don’t have greasy finger marks on my screen.
  38. I can go to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
  39. I don’t spend inane amounts of time pinning pretty images to Pinterest to never use them again, and I don’t care if I pronounce Pinterest correctly.
  40. I never get interrupted watching a movie I was streaming because the Internet dropped out.
  41. I don’t have to worry about my co-workers finding out about my eclectic taste in music or obsession with Crusoe the Dachshund.
  42. I don’t have to hide what I am doing when sitting next to strangers on the train.
  43. I don’t have second thoughts about whether I used the right emoji for the context.
  44. I can hand my Nokia dumb phone to my nieces and laugh as they try to swipe the screen.
  45. I’ve never been embarrassed about skype videoing someone on the other side of the world.
  46. I’ve never split coffee on my phone.
  47. I can go to work and not check my phone obsessively between breaks and meetings.
  48. I don’t have to remember mundane passwords to all my apps.
  49. I don’t have an app which measures how much time I spend on my phone and tells me when I need to take a break.
  50. I’ll never get caught texting while driving.

Could you live without your smartphone or is it time you had a digital detox?

 

British Foodies on Twitter

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Here’s a round of up of some of the more well-known British foodies on twitter:

There is also a list of some of the British food magazines, newspapers and television shows who are on twitter.

You can also follow me at @ecrameri and keep up to date with my new blog posts.

I ♥ Brisbane Food Bloggers

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Here are some of the Brisbane based food bloggers:

Sorry no more updates to the list. You are more than welcome to leave a comment with your details.

British food magazines, newspapers and tv shows on twitter

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A list of some of the British food magazines, newspapers and television shows who are on twitter:

Yet to get twitter accounts:

There is also a list of some of the British Foodies on twitter.

You can also follow me at @ecrameri and keep up to date with my new blog posts.

Australian food magazines, newspapers and tv shows on twitter

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A list of some of the Australian food magazines, newspapers and television shows who are on twitter:

There is also a list of some of the more well-known Australian foodies on twitter.

You can also follow me at @ecrameri and keep up to date with my new blog posts.

Australian Foodies on Twitter

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Here’s a round of up of some of the more well-known Australian foodies on twitter:

There is also a list of some of the Australian food magazines, newspapers and television shows who are on twitter.

You can also follow me at @ecrameri and keep up to date with my new blog posts.

Masterchef blogs and websites

In this perfect weather, Matt is cleaning out the shed and I’m inside sorting through cooking books.

I’ve recovered from the Masterchef series, but I can still keep up with the contestants on their blogs, websites and twitter:

And from last year’s contestants:

Check out the Masterchef judges over at: