I am a rarity in the realm of first-world twentysomethings. I do not have a smartphone.
I haven't abstained from owning a smartphone because I hate technology. Like many of my peers, I have a crippling addiction to social media and would much rather e-mail someone than call them on the phone and speak with our voices.
The thing is, I already have the technology I need in order to accomplish my day-to-day goals. I can't justify spending my meager income on a smartphone that I really don't need. It's not the actual smartphone I can't afford--refurbished ones are pretty reasonable--it's the monthly phone bill that comes with it. I'm sort of poor right now while I try to convince the Internet to make me famous. Not living-in-a-cardboard-box poor, but the kind of poor where having $20 left in my account at the end of the month is cause for celebration. (Ironically, that celebration usually involves spending the last $20.) I know some people who would rather eat dry spaghetti out of a garbage can every night than sacrifice the ability to update social media everywhere they go, and then they would Instagram their dry garbage-can spaghetti dinner. I am not those people.
I'm sure I'll get a smartphone someday, when doing so won't involve giving up electricity or running water, or when smartphones become the only remaining phone option and I have no choice. In the meantime, I am constantly amused by people's reactions to my lack of a smartphone. You would think the world's technology level had gone straight from nomadic hunting and gathering to the iPhone 5, people are that baffled by my ability to survive without a smartphone.
Again, I really have nothing against smartphones. Many of the apps are downright impressive, and some are even useful. I just don't absolutely need that level of technology. My job doesn't require that I check my e-mail 24/7. If I want to photograph something, I have a digital camera that fits in my purse or backpack. If I need directions, I have a pocket-sized GPS. If I want to listen to music, my beleaguered iPod still works after six years of faithful service. If I'm stranded on the side of the road and need to call a ride, I have my (apparently archaic) pre-paid cell phone that costs $12 a month. If I need to know where to hide a dead body, I should probably be in jail. Having all these technologies consolidated into one piece of equipment is convenient, yes, but people forget that it's a luxury, not an absolute necessity.
Until I accidentally drop my digital camera off the side of a mountain and my GPS gets smashed in the bottom of my backpack and my iPod finally dies. Then maybe I'll get a smartphone.