Do you find yourself feeling lost without your smartphone? Maybe your reliance on your smartphone is even erring on the side of addiction? A recent Ofcom report found that 59% of UK citizens consider themselves to be hooked on their smartphones – but it’s not too late to set yourself free.
In the digital age, it’s easy to become reliant on the technology available to you – and to even feel like you’d be unable to cope without it. However, an increasing number of people are going smartphone free. Even some high profile individuals are saying no to smartphone addiction – such as US comedian Ari Shaffir, actor Bill Murray, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Hilton.
When interviewed, Shaffir cited growing concern about his social media use as his reason for initially considering going without a smartphone. So when the comedian accidentally left his iPhone in the back of a taxi, he decided to go cold turkey. After successfully making it through the period of withdrawal, Shaffir says he now sleeps better, talks to more people and takes more interest in his surroundings as a smartphone-free individual.
Like Shaffir, Hilton has also decided to go without a smartphone in recent years – and has even published literature on the subject. Unlike the other two, Murray has simply never owned a smartphone – which also means he won’t have had to go through the so-called withdrawal process like the others. Hilton has stated in interviews that he finds the idea that we should all be connected and contactable all the time not just bizarre but menacing. The former advisor to David Cameron also attests to occasionally borrowing the phones of others when absolutely necessary, which is about once a week.
Should the smartphone industry be worried? Analysts believe that the smartphone has become part of the fabric of today’s society, and a relied upon by the majority of the UK population. And while scientists have found there to be no scientific evidence that smartphones are addictive, many concur that as they device puts so many possibilities at the fingertips of the user, they are very attractive.
So whether you shun the smartphone or welcome it with open arms, a great way to maintain a balance is to make sure you’re always checking into the real world more often than you check into the online one.