12 Mar THE ANTIDOTE TO A VERY MODERN AFFLICTION
THE ANTIDOTE TO A
VERY MODERN AFFLICTION
The New Light Phone Is The
Antithesis Of A Smartphone
We’ve already talked a little about the very real addictions we all have for our smartphone devices.
In reflex actions we barely think out, we often find ourselves opening our phones to the ‘social’ media destination or game of choice, letting significant periods of time slip through our fingers.
According to the Centre of Humane Technology, “what began as a race to monetise our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships, and our children”.
The constant fomo inducing distractions provided by pocket-sized supercomputers are already having an impact on our lives, whether we know it or not. Smartphone users touch their device at least once every 7 minutes. If that doesn’t count as an addiction, or at least a nervous habit, we don’t know what will. And apparently, it takes up to 30 minutes for our notification fried brains to recover from every interruption to our concentration.
// ADDICTION: [uh-dik-shuh n] noun: habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control //
But, there are a few people and brands in the world who are starting to fight back against the zombification of humanity.
If you long for the days when phones were just for calls and not an extension of your social life and work office, then we have good news. Two entrepreneurs have developed a gadget called the Light Phone, and it does two things and two things only:
It sends calls… and it receives them.
Yep. It doesn’t get simpler than that does it?
The Light Phone is actually a pretty clever little concept. It uses your existing number, is the size of a credit card (so it can fit into a wallet) and has been designed to be used as little as possible.
The idea is that the Light Phone acts as your second device for any time you want to go ‘light’ and don’t need to have the internet in your pocket; for example when going for a walk or meeting friends for dinner. With this device, there’s no more making the “but what if there’s an emergency?” excuse, because if that situation actually ever did manifest, you can still be contacted. You can even save up to 9 numbers in the device, which is more than enough for most people.
// Less Phone, More Way Of Life //
The Light Phone is less of a phone, and more a way of life to be honest. It’s for living, not scrolling, and it enables you to leave your phone behind yet still enjoy peace of mind. We have to remember that our mobile phones, and the distractions they present, have been specifically engineered to keep you tethered to them. They’re not solving needs, they’re creating them. And everyone single person with a modern smartphone has fallen into the trap.
Which is why, if we’re not personally disciplined enough to completely forgo our mobiles from time to time, or even just enable our ‘Do Not Disturb’ functions, a ‘phone away from phone’ device can act as the safety net we all need.
Huge demand for a simpler life has meant the Light Phone has already sold out of it’s first run, so you’ll have to join the waiting list. But, the brand have also just developed a second version, The Light Phone 2, which includes more features, so you don’t have to go completely without. In the meantime, how about just trying to leave your phone at home or switching it off more frequently?
It’s time we all went Light.