My grandfather calls smartphones ‘thickphones’, and thinks it’s very funny. But he’s not joking. He is firm of the opinion that perpetual engagement with mobile media is making people more stupid – less able to interact with the world around them.
Whether he’s right or whether he’s just a cranky old man, he’s not the only one who’s dubious about what smartphones are doing to society. Increasingly, some are choosing to opt out of the smartphone revolution. But it’s not easy to exist in modern society without a mobile of some kind. The world has changed. We’re now at a point where, if you’re not immediately contactable at any point in the day, you’re liable to miss out on an awful lot (including really important things, like jobs!). A compromise is needed between the hyper-connected buzz of the smartphone and the deafening silence of the phone-free life. Enter the ‘dumbphone’.