I have a TracFone with enough minutes to handle emergencies and travel, the ability to text and take photos, and other features I don’t use. I’ve only given my cell phone number to a few people, mostly those who might need to reach me in an emergency. I’m not interested in getting one of those do-it-all gadgets with all the bells and whistles, and I sure as heck don’t want everyone in the universe to have my cell phone number.
My niece forced me to start texting just this year when we were dealing with family health emergencies and she and I needed to stay in touch. I decided I like texting but still don’t want to expand my contact list beyond family and emergency contacts.
I have a basic Kindle and a basic Nook tablet. I use the Kindle for reading books and mostly use the Nook for checking e-mail when I’m traveling.
For social media, I stick to the blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m signed up on Goodreads but haven’t spent much time there yet. And I’m in Yahoo! Groups for the organizations I belong to. I have no desire to jump on the Pinterest/LinkedIn/GoogleConnect bandwagons….or most anything else new that pops up these days claiming to be the newest and best way to spread your message to the universe.
Staying a bit old-fashioned is nice in a way. Do-it-all gadgets with bells and whistles are expensive and usually require some kind of monthly contract. By limiting all those social media options, I give myself more time for other pursuits. And I like the feeling that only a few important people can find me when I decide to unplug and hide out somewhere to write…or just think in peace and quiet.
Are you a little old-fashioned like me? Or are you a techno-junkie who can’t unplug no matter how hard you try?