I recently switched from a Samsung Galaxy S8 to a refurbished iPhone SE. At first, the degraded experience in terms of screen real estate/resolution/brightness, processing power, camera quality and overall “shiny object” effect has made me feel far less compulsion to keep checking it. The lack of a notification LED, my habit of keeping it on silent mode at all times and finer-grained control offered by the OS have also contributed in fewer interruptions because of notifications.
This has led me to realise just how glued to this thing I used to be, and I want out. No more checking my work inbox at night, no more constantly refreshing RSS feeds just for the sake of novelty when I have 100 unread articles on my Instapaper, no more quickly replying to Slack while I’m on lunch break, no more pointlessly fiddling with a device just because it’s shiny and expensive.
For those of you who’ve felt remotely the same, have you taken the plunge and ditched your smartphone? If not, why? If so, how do you not lose touch with friends and family?