“To be honest, I decided to get rid of my smartphone because I was addicted.”

‘It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.”

George Orwell, from “1984”, 1949

 

 

August 10, 2017 – Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone

September 9, 2017 – Teen Girls With Smartphones Flirt Most With Depression and Suicide

November 19, 2017 – Teenage depression and suicide are way upand so is smartphone use

November 30, 2017 – Excessive screen time linked to suicide risk

February 5, 2018 – Study Finds Smartphone Usage Causes Depression In Teens

April 14, 2018 – The flip phone is the new protest statement

April 18, 2018 – Flip phones make a comeback as people ditch their soul-draining smartphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s July, 2018, and great, epochal positive changes are underway at every level of our reality.

One of them is that the populace has realized that technology has been weaponized against it.

 

 

 

August 10, 2017 – Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone

 

September 9, 2017 – Teen Girls With Smartphones Flirt Most With Depression and Suicide

(Ooh, “flirt most with”, that’s so hot! – ed)

 

November 19, 2017 – Teenage depression and suicide are way up — and so is smartphone use

 

November 30, 2017 – Excessive screen time linked to suicide risk — ScienceDaily(The term

(The term “screen time” is used so that the “phone use” is not utilized, or, later, searchable – ed)

 

December 1, 2017 – Cellphones, video games eyed in teen suicide study – CBS News

 

December 17, 2017 – Teen Depression, Suicide Linked To Time Spent On Phones, Social Media

 

February 5, 2018 – Study Finds Smartphone Usage Causes Depression In Teens

 

March 1, 2018 – I traded my smartphone for a flip phone; here’s why – Baltimore Sun

 

April 14, 2018 – The flip phone is the new protest statement – SFGate

t’s still enough of a novelty that celebrity flip phone users are immediately outed on Twitter

 

April 18, 2018 – Flip phones make a comeback as people ditch their soul-draining smartphones

Oh, and Kim Kardashian was pictured using one, in case you needed any further convincing – along with other celebs such as Keanu Reeves.

Adele appeared holding one in her hit video for Hello – and stars such as Rihanna and Vogue’s Anna Wintour have been pictured with the gadgets.

 

April 21, 2018 – Don’t look now, but flip phones are making a comeback – Phone Arena

Flip phones and other “dumbphones” new tech trend | CBC News

 

April 30, 2018 – What Happened When I Tried To Solve My Screen Addiction By Buying A Flip-Phone

(The term “screen addiction” is used so that the term “phone addiction” is not used, or searchable – ed)

Researchers at San Francisco State University have found that smartphone addiction bears a striking resemblance to opioid dependency. Of the 135 students surveyed in the study, those who reported the most extensive use of their smartphones also experienced greater feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

(“Greater” typically has positive connotations – ed)

The research team also found that those who reported the most smartphone usage were constantly multi-tasking, unable to do so much as watch television without also using their smartphones. This behavior allows less time for the mind and body to relax and leads to what the researchers called “semi-tasking,” in which the students performed several tasks at once, “but did them all about half as well as if they did them one at a time.”

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. We have all been caught in the endless dopamine loop caused by social media notifications, email alerts, and text messages, only to realize that we have just wasted several hours on nonsense. The time we have spent buried in our phones—time we will never get back—could have been better spent doing many other things.

We all know this, yet when the next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy comes out, many will line up around the block, waiting for hours to purchase the newest gadget that requires facial recognition, a fingerprint, and the blood of your firstborn to unlock. Big brother is watching. I promise I’m not wearing a tinfoil hat.

There is an answer to this problem. Like most modern questions of philosophy, the answer lies in our past. It is time that we all unplugged. It is time for a flip-phone revolution.

Carefully softens by calling it “a flip-phone revolution” vs. “the flip-phone revolution.” – ed)

First, The Drawbacks

(Who leads with the drawbacks? Only a practicing Satanist. – ed)

Most are understandably hesitant to ditch their personal pocket computers for a remarkably less efficient replacement. It is difficult and often overwhelming to imagine life without the numerous benefits of a smartphone. Allow me to still your fears. I purchased a flip-phone in December 2017 after several months of hesitation, and have managed to survive.

(If it’s remarkably less-efficient, how come he talked about people using them doing what they did less-efficiently earlier in the article?” – ed)

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that some inconveniences come with a flip-phone. The three-day battery life is nice, but ten minutes in a group chat and lithium is about to start leaking into my pocket.

I had never realized how dependent I was on Google Maps for travel. Sadly, I never developed adequate sense of direction. The GPS I bought is little better than a map. It routinely directs me into traffic, only to alert me of the coming congestion after I’ve already spent several minutes in gridlock. But at least the radio conveniently plays the same five songs on repeat for my entertainment.

(Gives up personal responsiblity for having never developed an adequate sense of direction. As if it’s a genetically-driven thing.  – ed)

I know what you are thinking: “When you’ve made the sale, stop selling.” But there really is an upside.

(Under the guise of being funny and ironic, he’s laid down many paragraphs of suppressing fire. – ed)

Despite its lack of an Internet connection, owning a flip-phone is entertaining. Just answer one text message in public and watch the facial expressions. Strangers and friends alike look at me like I just stepped out of a flying DeLorean from 1995—and I don’t look anything like Doc Brown, although I too have begun to lose the great follicle battle. I’m tempted to start acting like an actual time traveler. Donald Trump is the president — the reality TV actor? I suppose Paris Hilton is the first lady?

Even purchasing the phone was entertaining. The saleswoman was more concerned with figuring out why in the world I would want a flip-phone than she was about making the sale. I suppose there isn’t much commission to be made on a $10 phone. She gave me the most indescribably hilarious look when I told her I was not trying to save money, and wanted a phone that couldn’t even connect to Wi-Fi. She paused for a moment, and I could tell she was thinking to herself, “But he doesn’t look like a drug dealer.” Priceless.

(Still working as hard as he can to denigrate – ed)

As For the Real Benefits

Ironically, I have had much more free time since getting rid of the device that was supposedly designed to save time. Ever wanted to learn a new language but simply could not find the time? Well, a flip-phone provides little to no distraction and endless opportunity to learn a new language.

In less than a year after the purchase, I became fluent in an ancient dead language. Like those who speak Gaelic, I am one of a handful in the entire world who is fluent in T-9. In just a few short weeks of practice, I returned to peak high school form. And “bilingual” looks great in the Special Skills section of my resume.

(Still denigrating – ed)

To be honest, I decided to get rid of my smartphone because I was addicted. I spent far more time scrolling through a Twitter feed than I did reading books or being productive. I paid more attention to my “friends” on Facebook than I did to the friends who were sitting right next to me. I couldn’t even watch “The Office” without needing to supplement my entertainment with social media. I was entertaining myself to death.

Smartphones may make our lives easier, and some may have their usage under control, but mine was destroying my attention span and ability to focus. Surrendering a little convenience for mental clarity was a trade I was happy to make. How much easier does life need to be, anyway?

(How is your life easier if you do things half as well as if you hadn’t used it, and if you are addicted to it? Another Satanic inversion – ed)

Because I have a penchant for heavy-handedness, I severed my attachment to my smartphone with the swing of a hammer. I have had a flip-phone for about a year and a half now, and I have no intention of going back to the future.

(“Swing of a hammer” is upsetting, jarring. An amazingly duplicitous hit-piece. – ed)

 

May 24, 2018 – Are smartphones causing more teen suicides? | Society | The Guardian

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