Downgrade to Upgrade
A couple weeks ago all my friends were buzzing about the new iPhone X. Some prepared to wait for it, and snag one as soon as possible. Others had one ordered and on its way.
November 3rd was a big day for a lot of people, swapping in their old phones for a new one. I thought, this year, I’d join the party. Except, instead of unboxing a shiny new iPhone, I’d be activating a silver Motorola Razr.
That’s right. I decided to resurrect the era of flip phones in full glory, and bring everyone’s favorite pre-smartphone device back.
Needless to say, the nice part about having a Razr is the notoriety. People stare in awe as their childhood phone with all its pixelated glory is in their hands.
“It’s so much smaller than I remember”.
Yeah. It is… That’s what I first noticed too. It’s nice, really, that downgrading to a smaller digital experience was paired with smaller hardware.
That’s the goal of my whole journey: to minimize my life and focus on what’s important. For me, endless notifications and connectivity to the digital world is not important. I want to be intentional with my life. I want to focus on the people I do know. I want to be present in the place I currently am. Someday I’ll travel. Someday I’ll have nicer things. Someday I’ll be married.
But right now I am where I am. So why would I hide in a digital landscape which can be whatever my instagram feed wants it to be? Why hide in “social” media?
I want the world, in the flesh, to be my oyster.
My friend Malcolm put the heart of my journey into words: downgrade your phone to upgrade your life.
It’s cheesy, and yet so true.
How much of our technological “advancement” has hindered us from living meaningful lives? How often do the “features” and “tools” of our phones actually present themselves as distractions from what is truly important in our lives?
How much has this age of connection actually been the very means of our own personal disconnection from the world around us?
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you’re tasting and seeing that being connected all the time isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. I hope so. I hope we start to embrace technology as the tool it was created to be instead of the crutch it has become.
Maybe this is a new idea to you. Maybe you’ve never seen it that way, and maybe now that you’ve read this, I’ve made you think a bit about the role your phone plays in your life.
Either way, thinking intentionally about such things is worth your time. Because if we don’t set a boundary and intention for technology and its role in our lives, then it will set that boundary for us. In some ways, what was designed to be our servant has become our master.
If this speaks to you, friend, please check out my podcast! It’s called “2G“. On the show, I’m documenting my journey from a smartphone to a flip phone, and discussing technology, it’s purpose, and how that relates to human flourishing.
You can view it by clicking here or visiting https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2g/id1312183470?mt=2
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Thanks, friend. Hope you enjoy it!