8 responses to Amish Cell Phones
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    Linda Oliver
    Comment on Why Is It? (January 17th, 2012 at 09:00)

    Why Is It?

    Why is it the Amish won’t OWN phones, cars, power tools, etc., but will borrow from or pay for their use to the English? If it’s because they are of the world…the Amish are still using them, so what’s the point of going without?

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      Comment on Using vs. Owning technology (January 17th, 2012 at 14:42)

      Using vs. Owning technology

      Linda it’s a good question, but it’s actually more about drawing a line between ownership and usage, with the belief that owning something allows you to use it whenever you want, and it’s easy to become to comfortable and dependent on a technology. Amish see overuse and overdependence on certain technologies as potentially damaging to their family life and society. They look at examples from English culture as cautionary.

      Of course in many cases this also means they have to depend on others (English) to own the technology, for them to be able to use it (ie hiring a driver or borrowing a neighbor’s phone).

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    Comment on Do Amish use telephones? (September 25th, 2012 at 19:03)

    Very interesting. Well if Amish people are happy having a separation between phone and family life, that makes sense. It may seem extreme to mainstream society, but I think a lot of cell phone use has become extreme on the other end of the spectrum. On any given day you can be having a conversation with someone, and they take out their phone to start texting someone else, or checking their Facebook status. After awhile it starts to feel like face to face human interaction just is not that important anymore, so at least that is one thing the Amish seem to get. I might not want to take their eschewing of technology to the extreme they do, but it is nice to know there is a world where people are not constantly on their cell phones 24/7.

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    Kirby Matter
    Comment on Amish Charging Cell Phone Batteries (January 6th, 2013 at 00:45)

    Amish Charging Cell Phone Batteries

    Considering that the Amish are not wired for electricity to their homes, how do they keep their cell phones charged? Are they allowed to have portable generators? Must cell phones be maintained elsewhere? Or what?

    By way of background, I once lived in LaGrange County, in northern Indiana which has a large Amish community. I first noticed the cell phone phenomenon among the Amish a decade ago when I returned to Shipshewana for a high school reunion.

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      Comment on How do Amish charge cell phones? (January 6th, 2013 at 06:43)

      How do Amish charge cell phones?

      Amish do a lot of their charging of battery-operated devices using diesel generators. This is considered an acceptable source of power because it is a limited source which is not connected to the grid. It’s not as convenient, also symbolically speaking there is no direct physical link to the world. Increasingly, solar charges some batteries as well. They may be kept in an outbuilding or even in the basement. Last time I needed to charge my camera at an Amish friend’s home I just plugged in to the same source they used for their cell phones. In terms of using cell phones some Amish may have church or personal rules that you just use them in the work truck, only between certain hours, or that they don’t come in the house.

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        Kay Schwartz
        Comment on Amish and cell phones (June 13th, 2016 at 05:10)

        Amish and cell phones

        I searched for amish and cell phones because I saw a phone shanty near Goshen, Indiana with solar panels instead of wires. I wondered if it was a place to charge and keep cell phones. Makes sense.

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    Comment on outsider (October 28th, 2017 at 10:30)


    how can an outsider experience the amish life? are outsiders allowed to rent an apt inside the amish community?

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    Comment on usage of telephone (March 13th, 2018 at 11:42)

    usage of telephone

    It is quite interesting to observe that Amish consider the usage of telephones with a considerable precaution. However further dialogue with the community and better understanding of how the technology works may bring about a much deeper understanding of the community. We should help our Amish brothers and sisters to stay strong in their beliefs but still offer them a way through which they can adopt modern day conveniences for their own usage and to their own liking. I believe that any belief system deserves its individuality and distinction from the others, however with time I hope the Amish community reflects on the use of technology simply as a tool and not label it as an evil.

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