At the risk of starting a new hipster trend, I’ve decided to document what life is like in the modern world with a flip phone. How has switching from an iPhone to the LG Exalt brought me so much amusement that I’ve started blogging about it? A few reasons:
- I’m a Millennial and this puts me in an alienated minority in my generation
- The reactions from others has been a case study in psychological projection and others’ refusal to take action
- To document the real differences I’ve noticed in myself and lifestyle without a smartphone. My smartphones were everything to me. I used to get them maintained by the professionals at fix my phone now and treat them well.
Disclaimer: I still own my iPhone and tend to use it when I’m on Wifi, but in a far different manner than I did before at my peak addiction.
Any cheap humor aside, I’ve made enough discoveries and have had enough notable interactions with strangers and friends that I couldn’t resist writing about it.
So I’d like to welcome you to the Flip Phone Chronicles.
And I’d like to start off by telling you something you already know about yourself:
You know that you frequently use your smartphone and often have difficulties releasing your hand from its grips.
You know that your smartphone is valuable tool and a godsend in human evolution, although it often controls you more than you’d like it to.
And you know that instant connectivity, unlimited dopamine rushes, and endless jingles are oftentimes worth more than where you are in the moment.
This is not a series designed to shame or signal a sense of superiority, but a case study in personal development, human psychology, and thriving in the modern world.
Instead, I’ll satisfy that nagging curiosity you’ve had about living in an overly connected world without a smart phone, and I’ll show you why that statement is not as ridiculous as it sounds.