Some New Orders allow phones and even electricity in the home. Typically, Old Orders own tractors but park them by the barn and use the horsepower to fill the silo at harvest time.
The New Order is adamantly against two practices seen among a minority of Amish: “bundling” and tobacco.
Bundling is an Old World practice of bed courtship.
The dating pair lie fully clothed on the bed together. Tobacco use is seen in Lancaster County, where it has a long tradition as a cash crop, and in other settlements as well.
Being anti-smoking is not necessarily being more conservative.