Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Vlog! Giving Up My Smart Phone

24 Comments:

Blogger Heather Knoll said...

Love it Jenna! I went without my phone for a couple years after dropping it in water and realizing how totally freaked out I got about it. I finally had to go back to one for work but would love to be without one again someday. The thing I found the most interesting about not having my phone was how angry/annoyed the people in my life were that they couldn't reach me whenever they wanted. If I was meeting a friend we'd actually have to have a plan ahead of time about where to meet and when :).

May 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Heather Knoll said...

Love it Jenna! I went without my phone for a couple years after dropping it in water and realizing how totally freaked out I got about it. I finally had to go back to one for work but would love to be without one again someday. The thing I found the most interesting about not having my phone was how angry/annoyed the people in my life were that they couldn't reach me whenever they wanted. If I was meeting a friend we'd actually have to have a plan ahead of time about where to meet and when :).

May 14, 2015 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Molson said...

Great Jenna, It is so nice to hear that you are doing this!!!!!!

May 14, 2015 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Now you need to talk about how you don't have a microwave either. I don't but other people don't know how you get along without it. Our grandparents didn't have one and reheated stuff on the stove...there was life before electronics believe it or not.

May 14, 2015 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I don't use/have a microwave, television, blu-ray player, drip coffee maker, washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, thermostat heat, gaming console, cell phone, toaster, hot plate, kitchen aid, etc....

I'm not against them. I just don't have them. I do have a stove, a computer I watch hulu and amazon movies on, a percolator for my stove, laundromat, clothesline, woodstove, board games, landline phone, bowls and spoons...

May 14, 2015 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

And thanks all for the nice comments!

May 14, 2015 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I was expecting there to be a lot of backlash on thsi

May 14, 2015 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Whiffletree Farm said...

Here, here! I, too, radically changed my cell phone habits because I was tired of being hooked on irrelevant information. Someone else's information. Like I had no life of my own and needed to be fed someone else's life! I hated it. Now people have to call me. On a landline. I love it!

May 14, 2015 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger - said...

You wouldn't publish backlash/critical comments if you received them anyway - who are you kidding?

May 14, 2015 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Hyphen,

I have not received a comment I had to delete in quite some time. But no, I would not allow someone to be unkind to me on my blog. It would ABSOLUTELY be deleted. Questions are fine. Concerns are fine. But if someone's intention is to go to a blog they do not like just to be mean to another person - I have too much self respect for myself and this community to publish it.

This is my house. I won't tolerate rudeness or disdain any more than I would tolerate it to my face at dinner. Lots of folks have questions and concerns. Look at Crashdown's comments a few weeks back on the bottle ram and herding. Look at this week's comments from Karen about not liking my chicken tractor plans. They are all published. But if a name comes up I associate with a hate blog or utter disdain from me I do not allow it. Nope. No. No. No.

I'm a big fan of this community, of my friends, of this farm, and the people I love who are a part of it. You can raise your hand and correct a mistake or offer a concern but you can't shit on it.

May 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Actually Hyphen - YOU are the last comment I wouldn't publish! Shocker!

May 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Susan Conway said...

OK- enough with the electronic stuff. Let's ask the more important question: when is Bonita going to deliver??? (I saw her in the background.)

May 14, 2015 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

Awesome, Jenna - Let freedom ring, baby! ;)

May 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hi Jenna, I am so happy that you understand how that bit of electronics can take over your life. I see so many people who seem to have addictions to those smart phones. I have only a simple cell phone for calls and texts when I am away from home...and then I only look at it once a day.

May 15, 2015 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

So very well said Jenna!!! I am 100% with you on this. Practically everyone I who finds out I survive without a cell phone or answering machine does not understand why anyone would ever do such a thing. It is such a form of freedom without one, and helps to allow you to have actual authentic relationships with people.

May 15, 2015 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Te ss said...

I love this, I do have a cell phone which in my situation is great for a quick text when I don't have time for a conversation etc.
I don't do facebook or twitter or any of those things though, so it's not beeping at me all the time with updates.
We also live without T.V. or a microwave or dishwasher etc., I love that the only way my kids know to heat up food is to get out a pan and turn on the stove!
I'm also not against all these things, but I think it's too easy to over-do it with them...okay I am against microwaves now that I think about it :) and I do feel that young people especially are spending too much time living in the third person and that it will impede their social development to not spend more time paying attention to real life...

May 15, 2015 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger jules said...

I have a cell phone, but it is a dumb phone. I have no need to connect to the internet or facebook or whatever folks use the smart phones for these days besides using it as an actual phone. I rarely see folks talking on it, like a phone. I can call out, folks can call me, and I can text. That is enough. I don't want a smart phone, and if they try to make me have one when this one dies, I won't have a cell. Oh well. My DH had a cousin in TN that refused to have a phone in his house. He didn't think it was right that someone could just ring a bell in HIS house that they felt he should answer, at their whim. I answer my phone if I feel like it. If I don't, I don't. Leave a message, I'll call you back. Human interaction is so much more interesting to me than staring at a screen. Good for you. Seems more authentic, for your life.

May 15, 2015 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger papersparrow said...

Great vlog, Jenna. I recently got a smart phone after having a standard flip variety for several years. I don't use apps abundantly, but I can definitely see how people can get attached. On a side note, I always love seeing Lucas strutting on camera. He sure likes the attention. How's the new tom turkey doing?

May 15, 2015 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger mel said...

haha - i can't watch your video because our low-brow, rural internet is too low-brow and rural to load it. ;) imagine that -- no high speed!

i gave up my iphone a few months ago -- i still have it and use it to take photos with...but no phone plan/data plan etc. i got tired of being glued to it and even more tired of seeing other people glued to theirs....so now we only have a retro flip-phone that serves as our "land line" as well...so no, GASP!, i don't carry a cellphone with me wherever i go. then again, i managed to survive all through my twenties, driving all over hell's half-acre in a dilapidated old VW Rabbit, without one.

we have tv but no cable/satellite, so we watch movies/tv series [ borrowed from family members].

i think there's a tendency to imagine we NEED things that we don't actually need at all. i much prefer my more analogue existence...

May 15, 2015 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Yes ma'am. It's good to go against the grain. It's called f-r-e-e-d-o-m.
Enjoy it, farmer.

May 15, 2015 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I am sure that you know this already but for those that don't...you can still use your cell phone to call 911 even without a data plan. All you need is power. We donate used cell phones to the local battered women's shelter for just that purpose.

May 15, 2015 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Bravo, Jenna! Love reading your writing. None of the "i" items for myself - no iphone, no iPad, no TV - - life as a minimalist is fantastic. I have a landline and my friends have sent text messages to my landline and wondering why I never respond. Hello?

May 16, 2015 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger 2 Punk Dogs said...

We both have 10 year old flip phones which can sort of text. The Mr. had a smart phone for about a year, lost it & reactivated his flip phone.I was really surprised that he didn't want a new smart phone. We keep thinking of getting smart phones & keep putting it off. There are so many other things to do with money, like buy my first compound bow for my birthday! :)

May 17, 2015 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Tanya T said...

I've been thinking about this a lot too. Some days I'm way to in touch with so many people. It gives me anxiety! It makes me worry about things I normally care less about. I DO use it to keep me company. My phone is for work so I need to have it on my to be reached during work hours but also need to learn to shut it off at the end of the day. Great that you are doing this, good for you.

May 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM  

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