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They're just one of the groups that picked a date - about 1840...and locked in the technology of that timeframe as 'their lifestyle'. Could have been 1750......or 1600...... or 1920....but no.....their 'order' basically got frozen in the early 1800s.....
This is a gross oversimplification.

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the Amish have an elaborate system by which they evaluate the tools they use; their tentative, at times reluctant use of technology is more complex than a simple rejection or a whole-hearted embrace.
..."What would that lead to?" another Amish man asked me. "We don't want to be the kind of people who will interrupt a conversation at home to answer a telephone. It's not just how you use the technology that concerns us. We're also concerned about what kind of person you become when you use it."

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.01/amish.html
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