Working to curtail my Smartphone Attachment has been more of an effort than I anticipated.
The whole thing actually kicked off some months ago when, in a combination fit of anger and disappointment, I scaled back Book of Face involvement (which has essentially been reduced to nil). As this percolated along, I read Live Not By Lies where someone who was an inhabitant of the former Czechoslovakia under the Communists made the fine point of why would anyone effectively install a government listening device (e.g. one of the voice activated "helpers") in their house - and the comments were made in 2020, not 5 years after the fall of Communism.
Which got me to thinking about how much I used by Smartphone.
Not for calls - no, except for my veterinarian and Uisdean Ruadh, almost no-one uses the phone for calls anymore - but for everything else. Tracking all sorts of little personal things - diet, exercise, sleep, even activities. A little finance. E-mail, of course. And lots of texting (somehow, we feel that texting is much less intrusive than phone calls, although the expectation for a response is often the same).
But that got me thinking - why I am giving that information away?
At this point (after having used them), I have a pretty good idea what my caloric intake is, what my sleep patterns are, and how much I walk a day. No need to share that any more.
So off those programs came from the phone. And the phone started staying home when I went to walk.
Which led to other things coming off - apps that I still have and do not use anymore or apps that I probably should not use any more.
The other significant change I made to my smartphone is simply where I keep it.
Once upon a time, I kept it right beside me, like pretty much the rest of the world. But I (as I have come to learn) am easily distracted by what is at hand. So I have started putting the cell phone in another room. I walk by and check it occasionally, but not constantly. This has cut down yet again on my overall use and is leading to yet another round of app purging.
The phone is still useful, to be sure. Texting has its benefits, and there are apps (like my Physical training app) that make it possible for me to work with The Berserker three states away. Checking mail is more convenient, as it contacting people (in passing, it is odd: I have people who I talk to on very specific platforms and no other). And the InterWeb on demand is a great benefit, as is having directions available right when I need them.
But the more I leave it aside and the more I remove things, the more I am finding that I am able to do without it. I may never get back to a flip phone, but I can surely get away from it being a necessary item to have on person to being something I consult from time to time.