Why I've downgraded to a simpler phone.

+ March summary (episode 4)

from iPhone -> old-school Blackberry

Not long before the world went into lockdown, I was already thinking about changing my relationship with technology and how I could spend less time on digital devices.

I decided to get rid of my iPhone (at the same time the rest of my family were upgrading theirs) and switch to a simpler mobile phone.

Here’s an extract from today’s piece, ✏️Why I’ve downgraded to a simpler phone:

Perhaps most worryingly of all, I had become so used to looking out for messages, for seeking stimulus, whether emails or WhatsApp messages, that I was just constantly checking my phone all.of.the.time.

Here's what it would look like:

*checks phone* responds to messages, might jump on YouTube, absentmindedly jumps onto the internet and heads to bbc.co.uk, heads to Facebook, ooh what about twitter...

*5 mins later... checks phone again* oh, no new messages? Okay, back to youtube, Facebook, BBC news...

*repeat throughout the day*

It made no sense. And it was frightening that I had become a slave to my phone and - as dramatic as it sounds - was slowly become more robotic, numb and less of a living, breathing, human.

Something had to give.

Full article: ✏️Why I’ve downgraded to a simpler phone

🎙 this week’s podcast (episode #4)

This week’s episode is a solo episode with yours truly, giving a ‘March summary’.

You can listen on: Spotify | other platforms | INF Club

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