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2023-10-30 - New beginnings, old phones

Hello, readers! I figured I ought to start posting my longer stuff on here rather than over at chiyonet because I feel like I ought to use this place more often.

I've been thinking about smartphones lately, and how not great they are. Don't get me wrong, they're incredibly powerful, but almost too much so for something you carry around with you at all times. They're deliberately designed to be addictive and I have noticed the effect mine has had on me.

I think if I could, I'd just use an old blackberry or something, but since 3G is dead I can't really go about doing that. However, I discovered that Nokia currently makes 4G feature phones! When my current phone (a Google Pixel 3a running GrapheneOS) breaks, I'll probably end up grabbing one of those. In the meantime, I want to try and limit the amount of time I spend on my phone, starting by not taking it to bed. the urge to talk to people and scroll social media indefinitely is strong, but the few times I've been without my phone have been the best nights of sleep for me, so it's important that I try and get back to that, even if it means not seeing messages until the next morning.

That's about all I have for you all tonight, I hope you all rest well or are in the process of becoming well-rested.