My New Mobile
I'd been thinking about moving to a 'dumb phone' for a while now. Mostly because of privacy considerations (more on that later) but also because of time-wasting reasons.
I'd find myself browsing my Google Pixel XL (v1) aimlessly. Scrolling through Youtube feeds that did nothing for me other than waste my time.
I was converting my spare time into ad revenue for someone else.
At the same time I was developing a pain in my thumb from all the scrolling.
Well, I've finally made the switch and it's been over a week without my smartphone. The most shocking thing? I haven't missed it!
Two days each week, I collect our youngest from nursery at about the same time on an afternoon. The nursery is a five-minute drive from our house so I've never needed to check traffic or map directions. But, one day, my Google phone decided to drop me a very spooky notification:
"If you want to arrive at NAME OF NURSERY in time, you should set off in the next five-minutes due to current traffic" (I'm paraphrasing a little, but the jist is the same)
I was stunned.
I had never added the nursery as a location on my map. I had never set it as a location that I needed to arrive at at a specific time. This was Google monitoring the places I went, at what time, without me specifically asking for it.
They knew I had a kid at nursery. Which nursery it was and the times of day that I picked them up -- presumably they also knew when I would drop off too. This seemed wrong to me.
I'm going through a whole 'digital minimalisation' at the moment. It's one of the reasons that I burned my social media to the ground -- although I may need to start a couple of those up again (looking at you twitter).
This Nokia 3310 is everything that I need my phone to be right now.
In the brief moments of spare time that I now have around lockdown parenting, I find myself writing (in a physical notebook), reading (a physical book) and more recently practicing my touch typing (I want to be able to write faster and make even better use of my time.
I'm not trying to say that this is a solution for everyone. I wouldn't tell other's how to live their lives. But, I would certainly suggest that others should try it for a while -- even if it's just for a day each week. Unplug and see what happens.
A few days after I got my new phone, Apple announce their new lineup of phones.
FFS! Over a GRAND! REALLY?
I used to be a total Apple fan. I had the pad, pod, phone, mac and imac. I worked on them and I really enjoyed them. But, you just try and get them repaired or upgraded. You need to buy a new one.
I switched to a custom build PC for editing and streming because it was more powerful and, if the graphics card fails, I can just swap it out rather than having to buy a whole new machine -- think about the environmental impact of that one for a minute.
Well, I'm out. SorryNotSorry.
I'm cutting my rant short there. It just puts me in a bad mood and I don't need to be in a bad mood. I'm up early, I'm on routine, I'm reading, writing, running and eating well. Things are going well at the moment and I won't get distracted or tracked by my smart-choice phone.