Many phone developers have noticed the sudden increase of users switching back over to non-smartphone platforms, all for varying reasons. Addiction to social media, constant attachment, or paranoia of constantly being tracked, are some of the reasons why many people prefer to stay away from smartphones and return to older models. That is why a new company by the name of “Light Phone” has created a device that looks like a smartphone – but strays away from internet access.
The Light Phone operates on its own OS called LightOS, an operating system that is very user-friendly and simplistic. Its only functions include an alarm, a calculator, a simple music player, and a podcasts tool. Their main selling point, a device that will never be able to access the internet. A silly concept to many, but its idea is extremely innovative with tackling your phone addiction. The company has stated that many new features are coming to the device but right now it is extremely limited due to the fact it is so new to the market.
The layout of the device might remind you of the early iPhones, very similar to the iPhone 4. Per the device’s website, “The phone uses a unique electronic paper screen, a technology also found in popular e-readers. This does not emit any blue light like traditional backlit screens. It’s visible in direct sunlight and limited to black and white, intentionally.” This is a pure throwback to the old Kindle readers that have since become obsolete in a world full of smartphones. Many enjoyed this layout; due to the fact it caused less eye strain and brain fog. Many do not realize the effect blue light has on your brain and eyes. This is something many of us only realize once we have used a simple black and white paper layout on a device.
Many should try to give up going on their phones for just a couple of days. Try to only pick it up if you receive a phone call or text. See the effects you might feel from getting off of social media and websites from only a few days of not using. Many will see that they have a problem, and many may even consider making the switch.