Why I Gave Up My Smartphone for a Dumb One


I woke up this morning and fumbled for my phone. It’s become such a habit to check my email, texts, and social media notifications as soon as I open my eyes that I sometimes forget that I don’t actually need my phone to function. This was one of those mornings. I realized that I had left my phone at home on my nightstand. I felt a pang of anxiety and then quickly dismissed it. I’ve survived without my phone before, I can do it again.

For the past year, I’ve been on a journey to simplify my life and declutter my possessions. One of the areas I’ve been working on is my relationship with technology. I’ve been questioning my need for a smartphone and have been doing research on so-called “dumb phones.” A few months ago, I took the plunge and bought a dumb phone. It’s been a liberating experience.

Here are a few of the reasons why I gave up my smartphone for a dumb one:

1. I was sick of being attached to my phone.

I’m not going to lie, I love my iPhone. It’s a beautiful piece of technology and it’s extremely convenient. But there were times when I felt like it was more of a burden than a convenience. I was tired of feeling like I needed to check my phone every five minutes, even if there was nothing new to see. I was tired of being distracted by meaningless notifications and social media updates. I was tired of feeling like I had to be available 24/7.

2. I wanted to be present in the moment.

One of the things I’ve been working on is being more present in the moment. I’ve been trying to be more mindful of my surroundings and the people I’m with. I don’t want to be the person who is always looking at her phone and not really seeing what’s going on around her.

3. I wanted to reduce my screen time.

I’ll be honest, I was spending way too much time on my phone. I’m not just talking about social media or gaming apps, although those were definitely a time suck. I’m talking about all the time I spent mindlessly scrolling through emails, news articles, and websites. I realized that I needed to find a way to reduce my screen time and a dumb phone was the perfect solution.

4. I wanted to save money.

One of the biggest benefits of switching to a dumb phone is that it’s much cheaper than a smartphone. I no longer have to pay for a data plan or a bunch of apps that I never use. I was able to find a very basic phone for a fraction of the cost of my iPhone.

5. I wanted to simplify my life.

A big part of my motivation for decluttering my life is to simplify it. I want to own fewer things and I want the things I do own to serve a purpose. I don’t need a phone that can do everything under the sun. I just need a phone that can make calls and send texts. That’s it.

So far, I’m really happy with my decision to switch to a dumb phone. I don’t miss my iPhone at all and I’ve been able to reduce my screen time, save money, and declutter my life. If you’re considering making the switch, I say go for it!

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