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Going Smartphone Free - taking off in Poland?


SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #1
Is this taking off in Poland? I'm seeing it more and more in the UK these days.
Lenka 3 | 2,736
28 Jun 2021 #2
I'm seeing it more and more in the UK these days.

Really? I don't.

I try to limit pointless use. When one article leads to another and so on. I regularly read chosen websites and after that try to put down the phone and take book instead.

I wouldn't want to go completely smartphone free as staying in touch, managing my accounts and doing shopping is so easy...
Joker 2 | 1,959
28 Jun 2021 #3
I call them Phone Zombies...

youtu.be/afJW4tDn3OA

If you get run over by a train texting on your phone, its Darwinism....
OP SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #4
Yeah admittedly it's not a massive movement yet unfortunately but I do notice it more and more. I use a dumb phone now myself, it does causes a little bit of inconvenience here and there i.e. no google maps for sat nav, and not being able to check things instantaneously but that is a small price to pay for the additional peace of mind that you get. I sometimes will leave the house and forget the phone, that would never have happened with a smartphone.
Joker 2 | 1,959
28 Jun 2021 #5
massive movement yet unfortunately

Im all for it!

I get especially annoyed when ppl are talking or texting on there phones whilst driving... Im been known to blow my horn and yell at these idiots:)
Novichok 1 | 4,187
28 Jun 2021 #6
Im all for it!

Me too but it's not going to happen if only for the camera. Phone cameras are so good now that nobody is dragging their Canons anymore. They are heavy, look ridiculous and the pics are not one bit better.
Lenka 3 | 2,736
28 Jun 2021 #7
Me too but it's not going to happen if only for the camera

I agree. It's just too convenient.

On the other hand I almost don't use computer outside of work so if I manage to reduce my screen time on the phone I'm on a good path :)

Btw, talking or texting while driving is not a smartphone issue but any phone . I am guilty of making maybe 5 phone calls in my life while driving. And at least one of them was in a dead stop traffic jam when I had to call I will be late
Novichok 1 | 4,187
28 Jun 2021 #8
What I like about flip phones is the sound they make when you are done. Smartphones are so girly. Second, that I don't have to know which way is up when it rings. Just open it and you are good to go. Third, smartphones have to be handled by the edges or they will do something you don't want. I hate it.
johnny reb 31 | 5,788
28 Jun 2021 #9
Cell phones like a flip phone are reasonable for emergencies and to keep track of kids.
Smartphones on the other hand are one of Satan's favorite tools.
They have dumbed down our societies so we don't have to think for ourselves anymore or have eye contact for personal interaction.
I wonder how many suicides have been caused by teens because of texting and social media bullying on smart phones.
And shortly you will need one to buy groceries, pay your bills and do your banking in a cashless society.
Worst device ever created in my opinion.
OP SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #10
Yeah I'm with you on that, take the smartphones away (big ask I know!) and alot of problems go away with them.
Novichok 1 | 4,187
28 Jun 2021 #11
There should be smartphones for teens with three buttons: Call Home, Do Your Homework, and Help Mom.
johnny reb 31 | 5,788
28 Jun 2021 #12
All China would have to do is shut down the cell phone satellites for a week.
It would bring any developed country to a stand still.
People would be jumping off roof tops.
Lenka 3 | 2,736
28 Jun 2021 #13
I loved my Samsung flip phone! I think it was the phone I actually got attached to.

But since all sensible conversation finished here I will switch my attention somewhere else
OP SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #14
Yeah could be quite a bad situation tbh so probably unethical to call for them to be removed completely. But would recommend it on a personal level, tend to call people more because typing a text takes about 20 mins.
OP SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #16
I grew up in the 90/00s yet I find the old classic one letter at a time business very annoying after swype text, I'm happy to take that though if it means no exposure to emojis.
jon357 67 | 17,053
28 Jun 2021 #17
Really? I don't.

The same. I'm there now and it's actually a bit dispiriting to see so many people glued to phones.

tend to call people

I'd happily disable the speech function on mine which I never answer anyway if it rings. People who know me well know to message rather than phone and anyone I haven't given my number to can go whistle.

typing a text takes about 20 mins.

Now that must be a very very long text.
Novichok 1 | 4,187
28 Jun 2021 #18
Smartphones are terrible. They track you.
Smartphones are wonderful. They track you. Many innocent people got off the suspect list when the cops saw where they were when the crime was committed.
OP SamUK84
28 Jun 2021 #19
That's probably the best argument I've heard for having a smartphone, i.e. being able to prove an alibi, didn't think of that previously. It's not enough to convince me to get one again due to how powerfully distracting they are but hopefully it won't backfire in that way!
pawian 178 | 16,111
28 Jun 2021 #20
Is this taking off in Poland?

No, it has always been here. I have never had a smartphone and am not going to have one. Some people are completely satisfied with regular mobiles. E..g, I need a small handy phone to discretely check the time during a lesson - it would be impossible with a big smartphone. Also, I check some unknown words in my built-in dictionary in such a way that my students are unaware of it. Finally, I send urgent texts and they can`t see it although I am walking in the aisle between two rows of desks. :):)
Joker 2 | 1,959
28 Jun 2021 #21
They are heavy, look ridiculous and the pics are not one bit better.

That depends on who's using it. My Canon SLR still takes better photos than iPhone:) Im ditching apple after this phone dies or I smash it. lol

. I have never had a smartphone and am not going to have one

Youre one of the lucky ones:)

I do like text messaging but you dont need a smartphone for that...

Bring Back Pay Phones!! haha
Joker 2 | 1,959
28 Jun 2021 #22
I have a draw full of old cell phones..Motorola Razor etc.... Total junk by todays standards, but Bring Back Beepers! They were great ! Everyone used to be lined up in their cars at the pay phones Haha



pawian 178 | 16,111
28 Jun 2021 #23
but Bring Back Beepers!

Exactly 30 years have passed since I last used one in the US. Funny.
johnny reb 31 | 5,788
30 Jun 2021 #24
am not going to have one.

I'm with you pawian.
I would be checking my stocks and asking Siri questions all day long.
When I see people with their faces stuck in them walking into other people, looking at them in church, looking at them while driving down the road in their cars.......that tells me that smart phones are just as addictive as designer drugs or alcohol.

Don't need one, don't want one for that reason.
OP SamUK84
30 Jun 2021 #25
Yeah there's definite parallels with smoking at least, i.e there was a time when pretty much everybody smoked until the harmful effects became too great to ignore and it started to ebb away.

Though we are probably not at peak screen yet
johnny reb 31 | 5,788
30 Jun 2021 #26
The peak will come when all your private information from your health records to your banking and financial records on your smart phone will be made easily accessible by anyone in the world that wants them.

It will be the last hope for any privacy what so ever.
They have dumbed down our youth to just how dangerous this will be to them by slowly chipping away at our freedoms.
Remember what a great idea Zuckerberg's Face Book was until people caught onto what it was all about ?
Well smart phones are the same kind of a devils tool to CONTROL the 'human robots'.
Lenka 3 | 2,736
30 Jun 2021 #27
As someone who lives far away from family and friends I can say smartphone plus certain app are a godsend. Even more so now when travelling is so restricted.

On the smartphone thread it kicks me out...
jon357 67 | 17,053
30 Jun 2021 #28
smartphone plus certain app are a godsend

They're handy for buying train tickets, especially as so many stations are unstaffed now. In some places it's possible to put bus tickets on them too which saves time and means it's easier to get discounts for buying in advance.
Lenka 3 | 2,736
30 Jun 2021 #29
Btw, mentioning the app by it's name was causing me to get kicked out for spam :)
OP SamUK84
1 Jul 2021 #30
Yeah there's no doubt they are incredible tools, extreme convenience is not necessarily a good thing though, laziness and dependence and all the fear that comes with that tends to be byproducts of this. Taking away the smartphone made me feel alot more in control of things almost instantly, a bit of inconvenience is actually quite refreshing in a world that strives to cater for your every 'need'. People always talk about looking to save time but what do we end up doing with that time? Stare at screens, who does that benefit?


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