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Anyone quit their smartphone?
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RE: Anyone quit their smartphone?
^^^Timestamp if you want to skip to the smartphone segment
11-18-2019 09:08 PM
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RE: Anyone quit their smartphone?
At least get rid of your Facebook apps. Ditch WhatsApp for Signal.
11-18-2019 10:54 PM
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RE: Anyone quit their smartphone?
I use my smartphone every single day but not as often as the average tech zombie.

I have a small iPhone SE. It has the internals of the iPhone 6s but looks like an iPhone 5s on the outside. It is pretty portable.

- At work I keep it inside a locker.
- When I'm interacting with people I never take my phone out of my pocket.
I see couples browsing their respective phones during a date and it's sad to look. I see younger people showing their screens ("look at this video
") instead of just talking between them. Literally a table with 5 friends and each of them browning the internet.

Social networks are not social and It's a waste of time. Not to say it leads to depression.

As for my personal use?
- GPS. Having a portable GPS is very useful. Even driving inside the city I use it since it gives you notifications about accidents or traffic. I check the location so I know how long it will take me to reach my destination. At night it is even more useful when you don't know the road. No more unexpected close-turns.
- Music. I just listen to music when I'm at the gym but having millions of songs available (if you have a service like Spotify) or even your selection of downloaded songs in your smartphone makes it very useful.
- Calendar. It's good to receive notifications about important events. Very useful for not forgetting birthdays.
- Taking pictures. Having a camera with you all the time is great. Just don't overdue like those idiots filming the guy singing instead of enjoying the concert! Or by taking selfies doing duckface. I use it to scan a document or note.
- Notes; I don't carry a pen/paper with me most of the time so writing a small note is useful so I don't forget.
- Banking and investment apps. I'm able to trade stocks if I'm not near a laptop.
- Communication. I understand the reluctance of those chat apps but for short messages it is very useful. Having friends/associates around the world makes it very useful since you don't want to send emails.

As you can see it can be a wonderful tool if you know how to use it. Just control yourself so you don't waste time using it for useless stuff (like browsing the internet mindlessly, watching videos, playing games, twitter...).
11-19-2019 11:31 AM
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