Dumb phones to prevent addiction?

Mobile phones have become common gadgets you find in many people’s hands, pockets and handbags. It is hard to have someone who leaves home without carrying a mobile phone with him or her. For many people mobile phones have literally become an extension of the self.

While having a phone with you may give you peace of mind as you may call or text in case of need or emergency, there are many disadvantages to getting too attached to their mobile phone. With the introduction of smartphones taking over the traditional mobile phones, many people have ended up becoming chronically addicted to their phone. The main reason is that smartphones are practically like having a small computer in your pocket. They offer so much in terms of features, apps, and internet access that you can literally spend hours upon hours tapping away on that screen!

And many people are in fact doing just that. It is common to see people sitting at the same table in a restaurant, but both are tapping away on their smartphones instead of talking to one another. While it may be nice to have a smartphone to spend idle time as you sit in a clinic waiting room, or as you travel by bus or train, it is important to make a distinction between this kind of time when you cannot do anything, and other periods when you could just as well strike up a conversation with someone who is next to you.

Smartphones are making people get in touch while they are not physically together, by sending them messages and connecting with them through social media, and then, when they really get to meet them in person they barely speak to them because they end up getting engulfed with their smartphone instead. This has really led to people losing their real and more important connection with others, as well as losing their ability to appreciate their surroundings, carry out their duties, or focus.

Sadly there are many people who have become addicts to their smartphones, and this is certainly neither healthy personally nor socially. People are not interacting as much as they used to, and they are becoming like walking robots. Accidents can easily happen as people walk or even drive while using their smartphone. There are some who lose sleep, as well as cause eye problems as a result of excessive smartphone usage.

In order to surmount this addiction, there are people who are trying to do away with smartphones altogether by using dumb phones instead. With their limited features dumb phones automatically allow you to just make use of your mobile phone when you need to call or text someone. You will not be tempted to go on social media platforms or use apps with a dumb phone. So dumb phones are actually a concrete way of preventing as well as putting a stop to smartphone addiction. This makes a lot of sense, and is more feasible with certain mobile phone users that could easily fall under the spell of smartphone addiction, primarily kids and teens. A child or a teenager should have a mobile phone purely for the sake of getting in touch with an adult in case of need, and not to delve in websites and apps rather than do something valuable. So dumb phones can certainly prevent an almost certain addiction in the case of young mobile phone users.