Back to basics

A 3D rendering of the Punkt. MP01 mobile phone on a copy of the New York Times newspaper, sat alongside a pen.

For a while I felt like I was spending way too much time staring at my mobile phone. From the minute I would wake up in the morning, to going to bed at night, I clearly was addicted to the bright lights of the screen.

This was confirmed when I installed ActionDash on my mobile. Much like Google Digital Wellbeing, the app reveals just how much time you are spending with your eyes glued to your digital device. The results were devastating.

So, with that small revelation, I pulled my Punkt. MP01 from the back of the wardrobe and popped my SIM card into the dumb phone.

For near to one month, I have been detoxing from digital once again.

When at the office, I have a computer to hand. When at home, I have a computer to hand. The time in between these two locations I felt didn’t need to be dominated by the buzzing and whirring flow of digital data between the internet and my pocket. And so I ditched my smartphone. My Samsung Galaxy S8 stays in the lounge at home and has been reduced to a glorified MP3 player.

Slowly but surely I come to recognise the changes; I find it easier to focus, my mind is more clear of distractions or obsessions, I become more human.

Nowadays, if you wish to get in touch with me, the quickest bet is to send me an old-school SMS or just call me. Otherwise, email and snailmail.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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