Xavier Jared


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Ditching the iPhone


I used to own an iPhone. It’s a gorgeous piece of technology, with a sleek design and the best UI going around. After six months, I gave it away.

An iPhone is distracting. Waiting at the tram stop? May as well check Twitter. Bored at a party? Facebook is always interesting. This is not healthy. Forever distracted, I didn’t take time to just think, or fully engage with my surroundings. Now if a party is boring, I just leave, get a good night’s sleep, and feel many times the better for it in the morning.

An iPhone is expensive. $1,000 plus calls plus data, and you only need to go into excess data land once to negate any savings you made elsewhere. I’m not opposed to spending money, but it needs to provide value commensurate to the expense.

An iPhone doesn’t replace books. I thought this was going to be a big win, but the screen is too small to enjoy eBooks on, and I ended up reading the internet most of the time, which is of a far lower quality than books. Maps were sometimes handy, but usually I found a printed or drawn map easier.

Distractions are the enemy of high quality work. I can’t achieve focused thought when my phone keeps beeping at me. I don’t fully engage with a book (or even read it) when I’m constantly checking Twitter. Distractions can be comforting, like junk food or trashy movies, since they give you an excuse not to think. Ultimately though, they hold you back and result in a life that isn’t as awesome as it could be. There are many sources of distraction—noise, people, the internet—but your phone is likely one of the biggest.

It took me half a year, but I finally realised my iPhone wasn’t improving my quality of life, so I got rid of it. I have reverted to an old prepaid brick phone for emergencies, which I only carry with me when I’m travelling. I’ve been iPhone free for three months now, and I can’t imagine giving up that freedom again.

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