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Can you live without a smartphone?

My 5-year-old phone decided its time to take a break. It was feeling tired for a while now but I thought it would last forever. While I took it to the repair shop I was left without a connection. I realized just how much I depended on it. I was deeply connected to it because it was almost always in my hand. Almost a part of me.

This is mostly what I was using it for:
A watch – checked.
Communication – checked.
Social Media – checked.
Entertainment – checked.
Work/Building apps – checked.
Navigation – checked.
Finances – checked.
Notepad – checked.
Books/Library – checked.
Camera/Video recording – checked.
Food/supplies – checked.
Health/Fitness – checked.
Flashlight – checked.

If I missed something interesting, don’t be shy and remind me. Basically, there is an app for everything these days. I should know, I am building some of them.

For almost a week I was phone-less (is it even a word?). I got an older phone, just so that I could call people. While I could reinstall most apps on this phone, it somehow didn’t feel right. This was not my phone, it felt like it didn’t belong.

So I only had a few things on it, the bare minimum. After a few days, I realized I’m not missing much, life goes on. And most of the things I was doing on the phone I don’t really miss or I can do them without the phone. Maybe even better.

Now I got my phone back and it took me a while to set it up. Just that this time I thought hard on each thing I installed. Do I really need this? Or is it just another distraction?

What about you? Do you feel like your phone is taking too much of your time?



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  1. πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

    πŸ’Ž We ARE Biological Androids and programmable just like a “SmartPhone” is a Synthetic Android that develops a Relationship with Us EveryOne; most label Synthetic Androids as AI (Artificial Intelligence) while some label Synthetic Androids as CI (Created Intelligence) just like a human being…to explain we start with ova released every four weeks, merging with spermatozoa released at will and et voila CI (Created Intelligence) that is programmable; just like Synthetic Androids little Biological Androids can be pretty difficult to control, I don’t envy parents EveryBody

    πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

    …πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž…

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