I try to use everything I own for as long as possible, and my current one is working as well as it ever has, but I think the next time I need to replace my phone I won't.
@cstanhope I haven't.
It's been years, and it's been wonderful.
@dredmorbius Good to know! :)
@cstanhope So, caveats.
I've had / used tablets.
I don't have social media apps on them, and the most recent is an e-book reader / Android tablet. It ... has some of the same disadvantages, though it's slightly less convenient-to-hand, and is much better for reading.
If I could ditch Chrome entirely I would. Given the current state of e-book readers, that's still a bit difficult. Maybe in another 5 years....
I can live without needing to be in constant contact. I'm aware many people either cannot or feel they cannot choose that option. (I think more can than think so.)
Knowing how to read maps and navigate yourself helps a lot. The degree to which people are dependent on turn-by-turn directions is ... sad, actually.
There's probably a longer rant / manifesto in this, though my sense is that the smartphone and tablet are hugely oversold and cause net harm.
@cstanhope You might enjoy / appreciate my "The Case Against Tablets" piece (linked, with most of the meat in comments), also a Mastodon poll on how people use tablets:
The way I see it:
And there's a space for basic telephony. A very basic phone (something like the Light Phone) perhaps. That I can turn off / disable (preferably remove battery). And screen the motherlovin' frell out of calls.
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