Why I don't use autocorrect

A lot of people get frustrated when they use my phone. I don't use autocorrect, so they always look at me and say: this takes twice as long without autocapitals and autospelling turned on. To which I usually reply does a proper athlete eat cheeseburgers three meals a day? Does a carpenter use plastic tools to build a cabinet? No, they don't.

Reading that back, it sounds kind of pompous. But I'm not trying to be. I guess I'm just afraid autocorrect will gradually erode my writing and languageā€”sort of like putting training wheels back on my bike and riding around without having to think about staying balanced and moving forward. Because if I have a computer completing my words and sentences for me, at what point does that start to affect my writing in a negative way?

I remember having my mind melted when I first read George Orwell's Politics and the English Language, because his discipline and precision as a writer is just so bloody evident in what he says and how he says it. Now I like to imagine Orwell as my mentor and getting surly with me if I cut corners in my writing. And for certain, Orwell is not a fan of the autocorrect.

Yes, I know, it's kind of weird to say that. But nevertheless, George Orwell is why I don't use autocorrect.