So I have been using my brick phone for exactly 30 days now as my cell phone device. My smartphone has been in my room for most of the time, where I would take it out occasionally to use as my secondary computer. Without its SIM card, the smartphone on my desk is now a modern day handheld computer – very handy and practical, yet not nearly as distracting.
In the last month I have gotten used to having a brickphone in my pocket. I can text and call no problem. The charge on the battery doesn’t run out after a day, and I’m not distracted by email and Facebook notifications while I am out and about. I’ve been able to observe my surroundings more, and look at and interact with the people around me in a little bit of a better manner. I also don’t have the excuse to look down at my phone if I am in a foreign situation – well, I can always pull out my brick phone, but there is really nothing there to look at! So I am forced to do something else, and after the initial shock of it all it ain’t that bad.
Throughout this little adventure I flip flopped on whether or not I would go back to my One Plus after the time runs up. Am I doing this just to say I tried? I would ask myself. Do I really think it will do anything?
Well, I the 30 days are up, and I don’t fee obligated to myself to keep going. I can swap the SIM cards and continue living with my smartphone the way I were before.
… But for now, I will keep it as is.
In reality, the brick phone has not affected my quality of life in a negative way. I am not getting lost in the middle of the day, I am able to figure out where a nearby restaurant is if I want some food, and I am still staying on top of my work without having to be on email 24/7. And on the plus, I have a little bit better focus in class (unless I bring my laptop, which I can then browse instead, sort of defeating the purpose), I’m not distracting my self on my phone while I drive (actually great for safety!) and I don’t even have to remember to charge my phone before bed every night (each charge runs 3+ days). So while I do miss sending and receiving emojis and pictures, as well as the ability to send awesome SnapChats throughout the day, for now I do have more important things to focus on – such as improving focus, mindfulness, and alertness.
My academic quarter ends the third week on March. I imagine that by then I will know if I am going to switch back. But for now my focus is elsewhere, so the SIM card stays where it is!
Overall, the experiment was a success. I still use my smartphone a hell of a lot while at home and I still ‘check’ my brickphone a lot while outside (by habit). These are simply things to be mindful of. And I did enjoy writing every day for 30 days – if not the actual process then the end result for sure.
Most likely I will do some update posts about my phone usage – did I go back to my previous habits (relapse) or is it phased out for good (depending on the job I get in the future, it may be unlikely). We will see.
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