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December 30, 2019

Dry January 2020: Goodbye smartphone, Hello feature phone

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Mobile phone evolution, has it all been downhill? Public domain picture via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mobile_phone_evolution.jpg

Last January I went Dry for January and was pleased with the results, both physical and mental. No booze or social media for a while can clear your head and help your body too. One thing I learned was it is hard to do a proper digital detox with a smartphone in your pocket, so this time I’ve decided to go one step further and switch to a feature phone for January 2020. According to Ross Barkan, smartphones are like cigarettes and just as hard to quit. [1,2,3] Why not try going without for a bit to see how you get on? Say goodbye to your iPhone/Android and party like its 2000, not 2020.

Whatever phone you are using in 2020, have yourselves a happy new year and may your twenties be roaring.

References

    1. Ross Barkan (2019) The smartphone is our era’s cigarette – and just as hard to quit, The Guardian
    2. Kevin Roose (2019) Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain The New York Times
    3. Eitan Chitayat (2018) At first life without a smartphone was terrifying. Then it was beautiful, Quartz

 

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