Tech People Can Ditch Their Smartphones Too
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?”
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.)
- 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.