I Will Not Buy Another iPhone

A book on Timeless Simplicity along with an iPhone full of notifications.

Even though I live out in the countryside, away from the city. I still feel too connected. I have my phone with me all the time. Sure I go through periods of leaving it inside, but I'm all too quick to fall back into the habit of taking it with me wherever I go. Even inside the house, I'll carry it from room to room.

I blame the phone for some of it. It just won't leave me alone. It wakes me up at night (if I forget to silence it). It pings me during a movie or while reading a book. It pings when I'm trying to focus on work. It pinged me while writing this. It's a constant distraction.

I was watching TV the other day. The guy in the show had taken an overdose to kill himself. He's looking in bad shape. He's about to die, but his phone buzzes. He reaches to check it, even though he's dying, even though it doesn't matter. He still reaches for it.

If I got a message as I was dying, I'd probably reach for my phone. The thought makes me feel kinda sick. The irony is, it would probably be spam. Imagine that! The last thing you do before you die is check your phone to read an ad. Isn't that frighteningly sad?

For me, the phone addiction problem is wrapped up along with consumerism. They are both hard to ignore and hard to break away from. I know there are people and companies out there working tirelessly to get me to buy whatever they are selling. Doing whatever they can to get my attention. The trouble is, I'm a sucker. I've always loved new technology. Always first in line (virtually at least) to buy the next big thing. The next must-have upgrade.

But it's often not that great. It's usually not that much better than the last thing I didn't need.

I upgrade my iPhone every year, even though the one I have is perfectly fine. After the initial newness and novelty have worn off, it feels and works just like my old phone, yet I upgrade every year. The marketing is so good, it's easy to convince myself I need the new one, that my life will be better.

I'd like to believe that this would be the year I stopped upgrading my iPhone. Sure, if it breaks, I'll buy another one, but hopefully, that won't be for a long time yet.

In fact, I'd love to ditch my phone altogether, but I'm not ready for that, and I'm not sure I ever will be.

Hi, I'm Dan, and I'm addicted to my iPhone. It's been 145 days since I last purchased a new one.

This is not the first time I've written about how much of a distraction the iPhone can be if left unchecked. I wrote about removing distractions and a follow-up article back in 2015.