In 2017, Nokia rereleased the dumbphone it first put out in the year 2000. It sold out in a week.

     

 

 

“Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing.”

 From “That Hideous Strength“, by C.S. Lewis, 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 22, 2018 – Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

Chinese phone giants grow, Apple and Samsung hit

April 27, 2018 – China smartphone sales suffer biggest decline ever 

 

 

 

January 12, 2018 – The tech backlash begins. But it may be too late

January 23, 2018 – Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat

May 22, 2018 – Pupils ‘increasingly turning to brick phones’ in backlash against social media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s May, 2018, and the general populace has realized that consumer technology has been weaponized against it.

The great, epochal positive changes that are underway at every level of our reality are increasing in speed and magnitude, and I believe that this is the year that we cast aside our chains and step free.

I think that this trend is elucidated clearly in the recent news accounts I’ve appended below, and I hope that you might concur and be uplifted:

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2017 – How Smartphones Are Draining Our Brain

 

January 9, 2018 – Silicon Valley Is Having Its “Just Say No” Moment

 

January 11, 2018 – The great smartphone panic of 2018 – The Week

 

January 12, 2018 – The tech backlash begins. But it may be too late

 

January 23, 2018 – Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat

 

January 24, 2018 – Switch off the smartphones, to save children from tech addiction 

 

February 22, 2018 – Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

Chinese phone giants grow, Apple and Samsung hit

Apple dropped 5 per cent in the quarter to 73.17 million and the company should make up sales in the current quarter, said Gupta. “We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018.”

 

March 4, 2018 – Will 2018 be the year of the neo-luddite?

 

March 8, 2018 – The screen time debate is pitting parents against each other

 

March 15, 2018 – The Science of the Smartphone Backlash

Are our devices doing us more harm than good? It’s complicated.

We used to love smartphones. We used to wait in line for them and dress them up in pretty cases and show them off to our friends. Many of us still do, but things seem . . . different. People are using words like invasive, co-dependent, junkies, addiction—serious language meant to suggest our total submission. In the last six months, a backlash against smartphones has arisen from all corners of the country­—from luminaries and musicians and even former tech executives. Now, for the first time, several of them have spoken to Popular Mechanics about why, exactly, they chose this moment to use their considerable power to try to stop devices from turning our society into a Mad Max hellscape.

“Last year was a pivotal year in our relationship with technology,” says author Arianna Huffington, who in January released an app called Thrive, in partnership with Samsung, that temporarily halts phone notifications. “For many, the unfolding story of how technology was used to undermine our elections served as a wake-up call. But there’s a wider story that had been bubbling up in the zeitgeist for a few years, as technology accelerated the pace of our lives and has made it seem like we were living in service of our devices rather than leveraging tools to make our lives better.”

In January, Jana Partners, a private equity firm and one of Apple’s largest shareholders, co-wrote a letter to Apple demanding that the company help parents mitigate the effects of smartphone use on children. Charles Penner, a partner at Jana Partners, told us, “Companies can do things that both increase their own value and enhance value to society. An obvious example is the environment—you now have companies responding to the fact that climate change is no longer a theoretical risk. We thought the same thing was likely to happen with technology. Popular perceptions of technology are changing for the worse. Risks that people used to think are theoretical are starting to show up in real ways.”

And then there’s the rock-and-roll rationale: “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON,” Jack White said in his announcement (also in January) that fans would be expected to lock away their phones in Yondr cases at his future concerts.

If smartphone backlash were the juicing movement, we’d have reached peak coconut-kale acai bowl with goji berries. More than 600 schools across the country are using those Yondr cases, neoprene pouches that temporarily lock phones away using a mechanism somewhat like those old shoplifting-deterrent tags. Last year, Nokia rereleased the dumbphone it first put out in the year 2000. It sold out in a week. And in December 2017, Facebook (Facebook!) pledged $1 million toward studying the relationship between media technologies and well-being.

(In journalistic parlance, that money-quote sentence is “buried” in the very last paragraph of the article. – ed)

 

April 13, 2018 – Boundless Mind Wants to Fix America’s Smartphone Addiction

 

April 27, 2018 – China smartphone market slips 21% in Q1 – Business Insider

 

April 27, 2018 – China smartphone sales suffer biggest decline ever – CNN Money

 

Apr 27, 2018 -May 9, 2018 – Google responds to tech backlash with smartphone addiction tool

 

May 10, 2018 – The European phone market declined sharply at the start of 2018

Europe has seen a significant drop in smartphone shipments during the first months of 2018, according to a report by technology analysts Canalys.

When compared to the previous quarter, the drop of 6.3 percent is the largest decline Europe has seen, and has been attributed to smaller growth areas within the phone market. Simply put, there just aren’t enough people without phones any more, and since most people don’t upgrade their phones every year, a leveling-out of smartphone sales and shipments is to be expected as the marketplace matures.

(The actual figure is buried below two softer, general qualifiers. As you may recall, generality is a hallmark of propaganda – ed)

 

May 22, 2018 – Pupils ‘increasingly turning to brick phones’ in backlash against social media

 

 

 

 

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