In the mid-90’s I upgraded from a Motorola brick cellphone to a MicroTac (flip phone) and then a StarTAC (flip phone), and now, 20 years later, I’m using a Moto x2. My daughter has a lot of tech of her own: laptop, a few tablets, an iPod Touch, a couple gaming consoles, and a few robots that she programs. AND, WITH ALL THAT, SHE WANTS A FLIP PHONE!
We told her recently that we’d get her a phone at the start of the next school year. “What kind of phone would you like? Android, iOS, Windows?” I asked. I expected her to want a smartphone. “I really really want a flip phone, Mommy,” she declared.
Huh? Is my almost-tween, gasp, becoming a hipster? Nope, it’s about the user experience.
“Because it takes too many taps to get to things on a smartphone,” she describes:
- Power button
- Swipe or enter code
- Find the app icon
- Tap icon for messages
- Find the message
“With a flip phone, you can just flip it open and type a message. It’s faster and smarter than a smartphone. It’s smaller and would fit in my pocket better. I don’t need apps, I just need to communicate.”
She’s Generation Z (New York Times, March 28, 2015):
Despite their obvious technology proficiency, Gen Zers seem to prefer in-person to online interaction and are being schooled in emotional intelligence from a young age
I love this kid. Determining her own path and desires, not looking at what her peers are doing. Yet.