Tech People Can Ditch Their Smartphones Too

DO THEY MAKE AN OTTERBOX FOR THIS?

Smartphone burnout is a thing and so is work burnout and endless-phone-upgrade-burnout and so is everything burnout. When yoga and meditation and organic produce fails to bring inner calm and peace, I highly recommend throwing your smartphone in the garbage, like I did.

WOAH WOAH WOAH, WORKS FOR GRANDMA GOING RETRO, SURE, BUT AREN’T YOU A “TECH GUY?”

HEY GUYS, WAS THINKING WE STILL HAVE ROOM THIS SEASON FOR A STORYLINE ABOUT INVENTING SMARTPHONES…

Though I do owe a modern living to Al Gore & Joe MacMillan — including advising big companies on their seven figure smartphone tech strategy and apps—not once have I yet encountered a client or colleague who didn’t get it.

That is to say, most people are woke to the idea of ditching their smartphone. Here are the ONLY two responses I get when people see my dumbphone:

  • I wish I could do that. (You can.)
  • Oh, man! Does it do the walkie-talkie thing?! (It does.)

TRADE OFFS

  • Went to a Garmin for traffic planning
  • More prone to carry a camera in the pocket, still need to pick up a WiFi SD card to make cloud-uploading seamless
  • When in big cities during travel, back to hailing cabs… (which is fine, mostly — they all take credit card payments now, and there’s a que of them waiting at the airport)
  • Real magazines during poo time
  • About $110/month back into my pocket
  • Again with travel, now carry a personal WiFi hotspot (+ for me since I never trusted airport/plane/coffee shop/hotel WiFi, and I hated typing emails on my smartphone anyway)

In summary, I no longer check emails before bed or right after I wake up. I must make a decision to work, and it doesn’t follow me around in my pocket all day.

No regrets.