Last night I asked on Twitter:
Is there an iPhone app that blocks everything except basic phone functionality? Asking for a friend.
— Jami Gibbs (@JamiGibbs) February 18, 2015
Next to replacing my phone with a Nokia, the best suggestion was to simply remove the apps you want removed. Duh, right? Why didn’t I just think of that? What sense would it make to download an app to get rid of apps?
So today I removed most of them from my iPhone. 42 in all. I connected the phone to my computer and went “click click click” without remorse. Boom. Gone.
The funny thing is that I thought I was one of the few people who didn’t download every app and I made a point to regularly pare things down to only the “essentials”. But I was shocked to see the that total once I was finished purging.
The notifications and the temptation to check various social media accounts, news sources, sales data, bank ledgers, etc. finally became too much. Everywhere I went, I saw people looking down at their phones. I was looking down at my phone too.
I’ve realized that I’m missing things like, oh I don’t know, life? I’ve also realized that I felt a very heavy burden.
This realization isn’t anything new and I think it’s becoming more and more common for people to notice the unnecessary stress, emptiness, and anxiety from an over-active smart phone.
I’m letting go of the FOMO. I’m letting go of the constant nag to stay plugged in and instead giving myself the opportunity to breath again.
Would you be able to do it too?