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I will grow up next time
Going back to a dumb smartphone
You win some, you lose some; you learn some.
Five things to share:
A while back, I turned my iPhone into a dumb phone. I had no access to Internet browsing or app downloading. I have been using this method over the years to wean myself off of smartphone addiction. It works. Out of sight, out of mind. It feels better too. But a few weeks ago, I thought it was time to grow up and get my smart smartphone back. Everyone else is doing just fine with a fully functioning smartphone so why not me? Just put the phone down, right? Wrong. Whatever. I will grow up next time.
It’s not me, it’s Irresistable: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business. Technology companies and marketers have teams of engineers and researchers devoted to keeping us engaged. They know how to push our buttons, and how to coax us into using their products for hours, days, and weeks on end. After all, who among us hasn't struggled to ignore the ding of a new email, the next episode in a TV series, or the desire to play a game just one more time?
A quote I want to share with you:
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
I know I function better with a dumb smartphone.
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer by Wendell Berry, whom, like almost everybody else, is hooked to the energy corporations he does not admire.
A question for you: What have you learned from your efforts trying to spend less time online?
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