New pattern amongst Gen Z’ers replaces their smartphones in change for the advantages of mental health
He feels as if he has made the suitable choice stating that, “Initially, it was to stop wasting time on social media, but after my phone broke I realized that it was affecting my mental state a lot more than I was aware of. I save a lot of money too. My phone cost £12 ($17.01) on eBay and I’m on pay-as-you-go for 1p a minute and 1p a text. I actually enjoy the moments now where I have nothing to do and just think, rather than worry about everything going on online.”
Jade says that it can be scary being out in the world without being helped by instant connectivity. But he says that people do get used to it eventually. “And apart from, you by no means know when you’ll prefer it until you attempt it.”
One former smartphone user now feels “one million instances higher”
Mateo says that by mostly using a feature phone instead of a smartphone, he notices that he is no longer as distracted as he once was and as he notes, “Now, once I’m ready for one thing or strolling, I’ve obtained a lot time to assume. It’s helped me be extra comfy with my very own ideas, and I didn’t notice that that’s truly one thing you’ve obtained to prepare your self to do.”
Dr. Daria Kuss, associate professor at Nottingham Trent University, is an expert on the psychological effects of internet and technology use. She says that using feature phones will engage users for only limited amounts of time leaving users more available to do things with family and friends such as engaging in additional recreational activities.
For Eden, Jade and Mateo, having a useful app like Google Maps 24/7 is not worth missing out on the mental health benefits of not using a smartphone. Eden, for one, says that he feels “one million instances higher” having given up his smartphone.