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"I'm Far Happier Without the World at my Fingertips": Why Darrel Bristow-Bovey Doesn't Have a Smartphone

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoOnce upon a time in a land far, far away, smartphones didn’t exist and life was simple and pleasant and devoid of the ever-present ding of constant communication.

Darrel Bristow-Bovey not only remembers this time, he’s returned to the safety and comfort of an era long-forgotten – the age of Nokia. “I’m far happier without the world at my fingertips,” he explains in a recent article on Times LIVE.

But there is a cruel app that’s threatening his serenity – Uber – the only way to get home when “all that fresh air and conversation has left you unsteady on your feet and you don’t want to wait 45 minutes for an overpriced cab”.

Read the article, in which the columnists and author of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo shares how replacing his smartphone with a 10-year-old Nokia has changed his life:

Not having a smartphone means that once I stand up from my desk I can give my entire attention to my own thoughts or to whoever I’m with. I have better ideas more unexpectedly, and better conversations than I had before. I’m calmer and kinder and more patient and I sleep better and I’m less prone to knee-jerk opinions or fears, both in real life and online. I’m not at the mercy of strident voices or public moods; at any given moment I have no idea who’s upset with Woolworths. I’m not saying this would work for everyone, but it works for me.

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