The Crankee Yankee and I have had TracFone flip phones for years now. We always bragged about how we wouldn’t get hacked because we were using such old-fashioned tecnology.
However, Amazon Prime Day came, the price was right and I bought a TracFone Smartphone (a dear friend of mine, who is about as smartphone savvy as I am, always says “smartphone, dumb user!” I get now.). When it arrived, I took everything out of the box and even looked at the *manual.
My best friend, knowing how easily I get confused with technology, suggested that I take my time, and use my reliable old flip phone until I feel right to cross over. Honestly, I don’t know what my problem is about smartphones; they just intimidate me.
And it’s not like I haven’t gone out on a limb before. I’ve done a reasonable amount of daring things in my life; daring for me, that is. I even compiled a list about what scares me the most about having and using a smartphone; you know, to face my fears head-on. The list so far goes like this:
- What do I do if I get hacked (and how would I know?)?
- How do I talk using it; holding the bottom edge to my mouth or putting it up against my ear like a land-line phone?
- And hey, what about all that medical data about smartphones causing cancer? Is that a thing?
- How do I load up phone numbers?
- Are robots listening to my phone conversations?
- Are the numbers going to be big enough for me to see (seriously, the flip phones text is so tiny that even with glasses I can’t read it)?
- Do I treat this as I would a regular TracFone non-smartphone; that is, adding minutes (I think that this may be the only thing I’m sure about)?
- Will having a smartphone make me less of a fuddy-duddy than I already am?
- Do I have to text? (I really don’t want to.)
…and the list goes on. I guess that I am still working though my technological phobias. I’ll let you know when I can actually use the damn thing.
*Having been a technical writer for years and writing manuals just like this, I did what most people do: I put it aside to “read later.” Ha, ha.