Life Without A Smartphone – Vitaminwater Challenge


I am going to be doing a shortened
version of the vitamin water challenge. And instead of giving up my iPhone for
an entire yea, I’m going to be giving it up for just a week. Which I think it’s
gonna feel like much longer than it is. And instead of using a regular
smartphone like I normally do, I’m going to be using a flip phone instead. And
this is my Tracfone that I got for $13 at Best Buy and it
calls and texts and that’s pretty much it. So on any given week I use my one iPhone for about 10 to 20 different things. But
to replace my smart phone for even just one week it requires all of these
different things. I have my book, my physical alarm clock, cash, stopwatch, a
flip phone to call and texts, my iPod video, my recorder, hand-drawn maps and of course my desktop phone. So one morning during my week without a smartphone, I
accidentally turned my alarm clock off, instead of pressing the snooze button.
And normally on my iPhone and I have like three backup alarms set. But I’d
have any of those and so I ended up being late to work. So I do physical
therapy stretches every morning and normally as my phone as a timer. And this
week, I had to use an actual stopwatch. So I normally use an app on my phone record
interviews. But this week I had to use my desktop phone and a physical recorder to
be able to do it. I don’t know how to do this. I was surprisingly difficult to be able to: A. track someone down who had and I could borrow and B. know how to set it up and
connect everything correctly. I’m going out to dinner tonight at a Ramen
restaurant in Midtown and I kind of know how to get there but I don’t exactly
know how to get there. So getting around the city was like the process as I had
to physically hand draw maps to give me directions. And I need to go that way. And
even though New York City is a grid system and it was pretty easy, I still
got turned around a few times. Oh no, wait! No, this way. At brunch, one of
my friends offered to put our entire bill on her credit card and just have
everyone pay her back and because I don’t have access to Venmo this week, I
had to scrounge around for cash, which I normally don’t keep on hand. Time to
pay for brunch. I felt so disconnected from my friends
throughout this whole challenge. I wasn’t able to contribute to group chats. I
wasn’t able to give my thoughts or ideas of making plans. Even when I hosted a
game night, my friends hammered out all the details amongst themselves in a
group chat and then just relayed it to me about a party happening at MY house.
Texting might have been the worst part of the entire thing. It took FOREVER
to type out even just one text. Gotta finish this text. I did not miss social media at
all. And despite some hiccups, getting used to end all technology, it was not
nearly as annoying as I expected it to be. I loved not being available 24/7 and
I was 100% present in every moment. I would never do this again because the
problem is the sense of isolation. From now on, I plan to limit the amount of
time I spend just mindlessly scrolling. But I’m not willing to sacrifice the
sense of connection and being able to keep in touch with my friends and family.
Still texting. and still texting. I miss having autocorrect.

19 Replies to “Life Without A Smartphone – Vitaminwater Challenge

  1. You need a compass, girl. They make keychains with them on. Very handy when you don't know directions or the skycrapers occlude the sun.

  2. for the 3% reading this, I hope you become successful in life with everything you dreamed of, and accomplish more than you had imagined. I am a youtuber myself and I'm not asking you to do anything. spread the love 🙂

    but I would love to hit 20k by the end of February! THANK YOU, ALL OF YOUTUBE

  3. For the past 5+ months I am using alcatel go flip phone. No issue and will never go back to smartphone. I am an iOS app developer but luckily the work does not require to have smartphone.

  4. looks at my nokia 3310, it has an alarm clock, it has a stopwatch, it has my contacts (no adresses though), it even has a battery life, idk what people want from their phones, but a basic knowledge of reading a paper map is always handy

  5. So I know that this was posted a few months ago..but..I use the same Alcatel flip phone she features in her video (have never wanted a smartphone, and never will), and I can set multiple alarms on it, so I'm not sure what her issue was with that. Also, I have a ton of music stored in a micro SD card in the phone, and the phone has a pre-loaded FM radio app. The phone also comes with other basic useful apps (calculator/tip calculator, basic notepad, stopwatch, unit converters, basic calendar etc..). What it does not come with, is a million highly addictive apps that have been purposely designed to keep your nose glued to that small screen, and the constant interruptions via notifications that have effectively turned humans into the 20th/21st century equivalents of "Pavlov's dogs".
    There are some very valid reasons why so many people are experiencing smartphone burnout, and why many are looking to flip, and other basic phones, to "detox".
    edited : Want to add that just because I do not have a smartphone, it does not mean that I am disconnected. I use the nice, large screen of my laptop (what I'm typing this on now), at home, usually while enjoying a relaxing cup of tea, to catch up on news etc…
    I don't want to be connected 24/7. I love taking the time to enjoy the world around me in the good old fashioned 'analog' way.

  6. I am on 16 months without a smartphone and love it! I switched to a flip phone in May of 2018 and am not going back. I just put a video out about the benefits if anyone is interested.

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