Smartphones. These magical little devices. Bring it back a few hundred years and you’d be burned for witchcraft. More powerful than we imagined when cellphones came into our lives, and even those were a shift.
It’s a foundational part of my daily life. It’s not just about wasting time on social media. I write lists, I take photos, I navigate, I look up things, I communicate, I edit, I take notes. I’m beginning the draft of this post on my phone while waiting for breakfast. It is a great little device and it improves my life in many aspects.
At the same time, it is an addiction. Maybe not for you, but for me. Even when I leave it in another room, I’m always aware of it. The thought pops up frequently. Maybe someone has called me. Maybe I have gotten an interesting message. Or just the urge to scroll and get updated on the world.
I don’t like that dependency. And I’ve shared before of how I’m trying to reclaim my mind and not be as prone to distractions, where my phone plays a big part. Doing what James Altucher do, not taking it with you outside your house, is intriguing and would be a fun experiment. Especially with my sense of direction, without access to Google Maps, erhm.
But long-term, that’s too radical for me. It should be possible to use your smartphone without feeling used by it. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to share.
Mostly location independent, originally from Sweden, calls Berlin home and travel more than I intend to. See what I’m up to at the moment here.
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