OK, so this flip phone thing at times is pleasant and at other times is downright annoying. I am realizing that while smartphones largely enable us, they also cripple us!
The number one thing I am finding to be a problem with a flip phone is navigation. The young people of this smartphone generation simply don’t know how to get around without their phone GPS. Scary.
I myself have seen that without GPS I panic. I expect to have a re-route instantly if I go the wrong way. Before Google Maps/ Apple maps there was Mapquest or simply even reading a map. These days I doubt anyone of this generation even OWNS a map, even less – knows how to read one! NOT GOOD PEOPLE. My phone has Verizon navigator for an extra fee. 10 bucks per month! NO WAY! Thankfully Jon has his phone.
Smartphones create a cushy comfort of instant information. When we don’t have access to that anymore we are put at a severe disadvantage. I DON’T LIKE THAT.
In honest observation, I’m seeing that my smartphone has caused a “habit” of feeling anxious. When I am unable to get to my email account to see my social media or how my YouTube channel is doing I worry, I wonder, I grow anxious until I can get that small fix of reassurance. My flip phone can access my Gmail and Twitter but the web browser is severely crippled and the lack of apps is maddening. I am so used to being able to check things when I need to that the instant gratification looks quite close to an addictive, obsessive compulsive behavior! What are we doing to ourselves people!? It’s not natural or good for us.
I think the smart thing to do with this type of challenge, if you rely on social media, is to wean.
You must wean and form a new habit. Cutting out smartphone cold turkey causes anxiety. I am willing to go through with it for this experiment though.
I thought this would be fun and it is! But I am really getting to see what this connected world is doing to us as a species. I will keep notes.