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Is The Revival Of The Dumb Phone The Solution To Our Tech Addiction Woes?


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Flip and feature phones are often deemed a ‘product of the past,’ but could they be the future of ditching tech addiction?

Jordan Boyd
December 14, 2023

Mobile phones were designed as a tool to keep humans informed and connected, but the rise of the smartphone over the last three decades means the technology that was designed to serve us ended up controlling many.

Current data suggests the average U.S. adult spends more than seven hours a day staring at a handheld screen.

Americans know there’s only so much “do not disturb” can do against algorithms crafted to create dopamine hits. This is why they are turning to so-called “dumb phones,” devices stripped of all the unnecessary bells and whistles associated with smartphones.

Flip and feature phones are often deemed “products of the past,” but could they be the future for people looking to ditch their technology addictions?

Digital Detox

Dumb phones aren’t always cheap or aesthetically appealing, but they do offer myriad benefits for people seeking to simplify their lives.

Investing in high-quality basic phones takes the pressure off of consumers to keep up with the new iPhones Apple keeps adding to its 40-something iterations. It also gives users a chance to distance themselves from the increasingly apparent negative effects and addictions that come with chronic technology use.

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