September 1st, 2021

The problem isn’t your smartphone

From Thord D. Hedengren on his dumbphone experiment

There are many good things with, and about, smartphones. The problem isn’t the device, it’s our inability to handle it. It’s not just the phone either, the same can be said about the iPad. It’s the apps and the services construed to keep you interested. I don’t need that, maybe you don’t either.

His conclusion is that there are enough things that are simply too hard without his phone, like printing train tickets, to live without his smartphone. But what if we just dumped all the services and notifications that pull our attention to our phone?

I have almost no notifications on my phone from anything. At times I've removed all social media from my phone even. I try to set my phone up for uses that I want, not so that anyone else can reach me at the drop of a hat.