Announced during the 2010 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, research results suggested that excessive text-messaging by teenagers was linked to increased risk of tobacco, drug/alcohol use, and physical aggression.
We’re not sure what exact link “hyper-texting” has with the behaviors listed above, but it’s a universally acknowledged fact that smart phones, despite the convenience they bring, have their fair share of side effects as well. Maybe the link between the listed behaviors and smartphone use is that these can all lead to addiction, a major concern in smartphone use as well. They have become so convenient that people are spending an exorbitant amount of time interacting with their phones, leading to distracted driving and increased levels of stress from the complexities of multi-tasking.
As a solution to your smartphone addiction, maybe it’s time you gave the Light Phone a try — a credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. By the looks of it, the Light Phone resembles a mini calculator. The functions are limited to making calls and checking the time, simplifying the function of the phone to its core. A single charge can last unto 20 days, another added benefit of stripping the phone to its bare function. Although it comes with its own number, a pre-installed app will also allow you to forward calls you want to receive from your existing number, making it ideal as a backup phone.
Priced at $100, you can even buy several of these for the price of one smartphone.