“What’s your cell phone number?” My reply, “I don’t have a cell phone.” “What! You don’t have a cell phone? HOW DO YOU SURVIVE! Everyone has a cell phone.”
I have this conversation ALL the time. People are fascinated with our family’s decision to leave the cellular age 2 years ago. Now in light of full disclosure, we do have a Pay As You Go phone, just like the one pictured. But we only use it for traveling and babysitters. We pay about $25 every 2 months.
So why did we leave the cellular age? 5 major reasons.
1. The Cost. When we had both our cell phones, we were paying nearly $80 a month. On a Dave Ramsey budget, that was not a necessity to survive, so they had to go.
2. The Availability to People. The more I used my cell phone, the more I became available and accessible to people via voice messages, texts, and calls. No place was safe to be away from everyone as long as the phone was clipped to my belt. I needed to order my private and public life and the cell phone caused a blur in those lines of distinction.
3. The Impact on My Family. When I was on the cell phone, I was completely distracted from my family. I go into the “on” mode and would forget if I was playing with the boys or having a conversation with Jennifer. They deserve more.
4. No Rings in Meetings. I hate when a cell phone rings in a meeting. I have always been one of those who doesn’t use the silence or buzz functions, I just turned the thing off so that there is no possible chance of a ring. I remember someone saying once, “Why do you even have a cell phone, you never turn it on.” Exactly.
5. Ministry to Real People through Real Connections. A hand on the shoulder, a smiling face, a quiet moment of prayer while holding someones hand. My view of ministry doesn’t include faceless communication, distracted conversations, and text message-type responses. I want to be truly focused on people and ministering to them through the cell phone created distance and lack of intimacy.
Call me old fashioned. Call me a Puritan. Call me a freak of nature. Call me whatever you like. But we are probably not going back to the cellular age.