I am swapping my Galaxy S5 for a dumb phone to see what living without a smartphone feels like
In the name of science, I'll stop using my smartphone for several weeks.For the next two weeks, however, I'll be the guinea pig in an experiment I've wanted to do for a while – I'll have my smartphone taken away from me. Instead of a Galaxy S5, I'll be using a phone not much more advanced than a potato – one without apps, without games, without any internet access whatsoever. The goal of this experiment is to find out what happens when a person as hooked on their smartphone as myself – and I'm sure there's plenty of you out there who can relate – gets separated from their gadget. We should also be able to get a better idea as to how much someone can depend on their smartphone and whether having one does more harm than good. I'm sure being part of this is not going to be a fun experience, but I'm willing to do it in the name of science. And for curiosity's sake, of course.
This story is part of:Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone: an experiment (4 updates)
10 February I lived without my Galaxy S5 smartphone for 2 weeks: here's how my life changedAs dependent on my smartphone as I am, I've long been wondering what it would feel like to live without one and whether I had not become overly attached to mine. Hence I volunteered to temporarily swap my Galaxy S5 for a phone without apps, without games, and without any access to the internet. These two weeks of "abstinence" yielded the flurry of positive and negative experiences which I'll share with you in these paragraphs...
27 January Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone, day 11: horror and blissIt was 11 days ago, at 12:30 in the afternoon, when I voluntarily parted with my Samsung Galaxy S5. That moment marked the beginning of an experiment – one meant to show what would happen if a techie like myself had to survive without a smartphone. Since then, the only device I've been using for my mobile communication needs has been a cheap, basic phone with no apps, no games, and absolutely no access to the internet. 5 days into my journey, I shared some of the observations I had made until that point, but I was sure there was more to be experienced in the days to come. I wasn't wrong, as it turned out...
21 January Living without my Galaxy S5 smartphone, day 5: I've not gone crazy yetSeveral days ago, I embarked on a journey to a parallel universe – one where smartphones didn't exist. More specifically, they existed for everyone else but me. I had my Galaxy S5 locked away and was prohibited from using a personal smartphone of any kind. Instead, I was given a phone that could only make calls, exchange text messages, and double as a flashlight. This was the start of an experiment which I had wanted to do for a long time – one intended to demonstrate what results could heavy long-term smartphone usage lead to. I was also curious to find out what would happen if a person as dependent on their smartphone as myself had to survive without their gadget...
16 January I am swapping my Galaxy S5 for a dumb phone to see what living without a smartphone feels likeFor the next two weeks, I'll be the guinea pig in an experiment I've wanted to do for a while – I'll have my smartphone taken away from me. Instead of a Galaxy S5, I'll be using a phone not much more advanced than a potato – one without apps, without games, without any internet access whatsoever...
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