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Could you survive without your mobile?

Could you survive without your mobile?

Posted on 4th June 2018

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smartphoneNews over the weekend that Simon Cowell has not used his mobile in 10 months and as a result has "become way more focused" and "aware of the people around me."  

The BBC has subsequently done the rounds of various other people, famous and "ordinary" who have taken the decision to ditch the life support that is, or rather was, their mobile phone.  Almost all of them report  feeling better as a result, although one backslider, who had been without a smartphone for 18 months and just used an old Nokia to make calls, relapsed, got a new smartphone, and then reported "it was like the previous 18 months had never happened."

I have to be honest and say I don't know if I could live without my smartphone. However, I do suspect that the "problem" is that it's not really a phone we're carrying, it's a very powerful computer.  Perhaps if we went back to the days of just using mobiles to make and take calls then a lot of the pressure and stress associated with their constant use would vanish, to say nothing of increased social interaction with those around us?  Somehow, I can't see it though.  

Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT


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