March 7, 2019 at 9:49 am #21175randyrayParticipant
I’ve been trying to simplify my life as it relates to my smartphone lately. I’d love to just get rid of the damn thing altogether, but that isn’t practical.
Instead, I’ve learned to turn it off or turn on the “do not disturb” setting.
That sure has simplified my life.
I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a Light Phone, but I’m probably not ready for that yet.
Any experience to share about simplifying your use of smart phones, dudes?
March 7, 2019 at 10:03 am #21178JoeyJoeJoeParticipant
I have made the switch back to a “basic phone” I got me a flip phone! I still carry my smart phone with me as I own a small business and need to respond to those emails fairly quick. I have it set up so my business email only gets real emails. No spam. I have gmail forward me a copy of the emails as texts so I can see if it’s an email that actually needs my attention. If it is, I can get to a computer, or I can set up a quick hotspot with my flip phone and check my emails on my smartphone (usually stays in my bag/briefcase)
Before this switch I had gone in and turned off all notifications. Made sure I unsubscribed to all the junk that was coming into my emails. Another big thing would be to limit social media. If you use facebook at all, the greatest thing ever is being able to unfollow someone. I have done that with SO MANY PEOPLE. If you post anything that fucks with my groove…gone. Life’s too short to need that crap in it. Another thing would be to make sure you don’t keep it in your bedroom. Get a real alarm clock and keep your phone in the kitchen or living room (a close room where you can hear it if it does ring). That way, you won’t be tempted to check it in the middle of the night. And stop using it about a half hour before bed.
The light phone looks amazing, but a little out of my budget.
Good luck Dude!
March 7, 2019 at 11:35 am #21186randyrayParticipant
I’m right there with you about the Facebook unfollow. When I figured out I could do that, I cut out a lot of negativity, man.
March 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm #22957Average DudeParticipant
No Facebook for me (which I think is a good thing, but since I never bothered with it, maybe not?).
Anyway, phone-wise, I just kinda leave it at home a lot, and when I do have it, I’ve got all the notifications disabled apart from the ringer (which is on slient). That way I only see stuff when I want to and if I know I should be waiting for an important call (meh, not often), I can just leave it close by and let the thing vibrate.
Works OK, but still I sometimes think I’d be better off without it, I mean we didn’t have them years ago and things were OK right?
Gonna have to look up this ‘light phone’ sounds good.
March 28, 2019 at 10:34 am #23062KalHyahDeloParticipant
I was without a phone or a computer from 2011 to 2017. I can tell you I didn’t miss the phone. Like JoeyJoeJoe I too now have a basic flip phone. My computer is a gift from my son, so we can Skype. It’s old and slow, Like me, and runs on windows 7. All in all things are good.
April 2, 2019 at 3:37 am #23419revkellynParticipant
I too am trying to use Do Not Disturb mode more. It’s nice to be able to silence all my notifications completely with a few exceptions for certain family members. I have also turned off most of my email notifications because they simply aren’t important. The only notifications I get are from clients, family, & friend conversations, and calendar events. That’s it! I don’t even have the Facebook app installed on my phone.
Speaking of Facebook, I honestly don’t use it as much anymore. I feel like there’s too much going on there and I think that it’s very undude for them to track it’s users and serve targeted ads. I’d like to delete it at some point but right now it’s the only way for me to see what’s going on in town. That’s all I use it for. It’s much simpler for me to use Facebook with intention than to check it constantly as most people do.
Also, I really like the light phone idea. It would be nice to have a phone for calls and basic stuff so I’m not tempted to distract myself with games and shit. There’s a time and a place for it sure but I don’t need the distractions when I’m trying to Abide and do shit in the world, interacting with other humans. 🙂
March 28, 2020 at 9:30 pm #48799RabbithornsParticipant
I’ve never had a cell phone. I haven’t had a TV for at least 15 years and haven’t had cable for 25. I do have a laptop because it’s the way I stay in touch with my adult kids who don’t live nearby. The simpler my life is, the better. I didn’t even like the idea of a cordless phone in the 90s because then I’d tend to split focus instead of doing one thing at a time. I remember having a phone conversation sitting in one place and that was all you did because you were attached to the wall umbilically. Cell phones. Not my bag, baby.
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