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Living Without a Smartphone

I just realized it’s been almost a year since I ditched my smartphone. And I can’t say that I miss it.

Living without a smartphone has, in several ways, been liberating. I don’t feel the urge to twiddle or twern it. I don’t feel the urge to constantly check email or social media or whatever. And I don’t have to charge the damned thing every day or two.

Admittedly, there has been an occasion or two when having a smartphone could have come in handy. But my life didn’t depend on it. My life didn’t stop because I didn’t have a smartphone in my hand. In fact, I managed to work through everything just fine.

Right now, that $50 (NZD) Nokia feature phone I bought last year is good enough for me. It does what a phone should do. It makes and receives calls, sends and receives texts, takes photos, and doubles as my music player. I don’t need much, if anything, else.

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