I am 27 years old. I live in the modern world. I am of sound mind (I think). And I have never owned a cell phone. I have never texted anyone. Please don’t throw me to the wolves.
I would not classify myself as a technology hating Luddite. I understand that without technology, I would not have a great many things that I enjoy. I would be nearly blind, because my crappy vision requires me to wear contacts. I would be melting in this scorching Houston heat without air conditioning. And I would not be typing up this blog, if it were not for technological innovations. So it would be hypocritical of me to make a blanket statement vilifying technology. I don’t think material objects are inherently good or evil. Things are just things with no moral sensibilities, although it might be interesting if objects like say toasters could make right and wrong choices.
I think with me, it’s just that I possess a simple nature. I don’t have a great desire to accumulate a treasure trove of technological treats. I don’t care to keep up with the latest gadgets and gizmos; it’s just not my style. I’m very much a person content with the interior life. I don’t have to always be looking outwards for satisfaction. I don’t need crazy amounts of extravagant external stimuli to keep me occupied and happy.
Some of my friends have told me that cell phones would make my life simpler, thus giving me what I want, but I draw a distinction between simplicity and convenience. Cell phones would certainly make my life more convenient. I could much better coordinate activities with friends. I could get directions when I’m lost in a forest. I could call for help when my car breaks down. But a cell phone would not automatically make my life simple. A cell phone would be another thing, another material possession that I would have to worry myself about maintaining and safeguarding. It would be something else that I would have to spend money to acquire and upkeep. And in general, I just have a value for limiting the amount of possessions I own.
That said I’m not discounting the possibility of ever owning a cell phone. But as of right now it’s not something I feel like I just have to have in order to derive meaning and contentment from this world.