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  • [VitaminWater is offering $100,000 to someone who gives up smartphones for a year.]

  • I am going to be doing a shortened version of the "VitaminWater challenge".

  • And instead of giving up my iPhone for an entire year, 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 USD 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 ten to 20 different things.

  • But to replace my smartphone 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.

  • [Morning routine] 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 I have like three backup alarms set but I don't 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.

  • [At work] 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.

  • [Getting around] So getting around the city was quite 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!

  • [Going out with friends] 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 the 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 percent 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.

[VitaminWater is offering $100,000 to someone who gives up smartphones for a year.]

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Life Without A Smartphone – Vitaminwater Challenge

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    doris.lai posted on 2020/07/22
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