First, there's the Sprint Unlimited commercial. They feed you lines about how human experience is spectacular, and why would you cap that? Your phone can capture the entire gallery of humanity, the narrator says, and he needs to upload all of it. Then he says "I have the need--no, I have the right to be unlimited."
No, actually, you don't have the right to an unlimited cell phone plan. You aren't entitled to anything when it comes to that type of discretionary technology. You don't even have the right to read technical papers that your tax payer money has funded. And it's great that your phone can capture everything (which I'm not so sure about, but let's run with it), however, unless you're working on a documentary, you should probably live your life rather than record it all.
Then, we have the Droid DNA ad, showing a man's blood, DNA, and neurons being taken over by his cell phone. It culminates in the line: "It's not an upgrade to your phone, it's an upgrade to yourself."
No, no, it's not. Frankly, being obsessed with using your phone might downgrade you as a person. My question is: why is texting or browsing the web in the social context even okay to begin with? You wouldn't take a non-urgent phone call in the middle of a conversation with another person, nor would you open up a newspaper in the middle of a class. Why are people so rude?
Etiquette aside, why are we obsessed with the online world? Why do people have the patience to use Pinterest regularly? How do people the have the endurance to tweet or check for Facebook updates continually? To me, so much of it feels like noise that's getting in the way of the things that I really care about.
I love the internet. I love being able to look things up, sync my files, and blog. But I have no desire to be constantly plugged into the online world. I have no desire for a smartphone. I love making things more than reading about making things. I love working uninterrupted. I love paper maps, even though I can get terribly lost. Getting lost is half the fun.
So while the age threshold for people with nicer phones than me drops into the tweens, I'm declaring my right to limit myself. I don't need unlimited online access, and I'm more productive, learn more, and am more engaged with the world without it.