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Defending Dumbphones by Stuart McMillen comic about not owning a smartphone. Frank Zappa Hot Rats album cover parody. Cartoon man crawling out of a grave holding a phone.I don't own a smartphone. This is intentional. My 'dumbphone' makes calls, does SMS, and that’s it. Cartoon hand holding Motorola Razr phone.Cartoon closeup of hand putting phone into hip pocket. People wonder whether I do this because I hate the internet. But no, the reason I do this is because I love the web too much.Internet addiction cartoon - man at desk. My problem is that I can get lost on the web. Caught in habit-loops of checking and re-checking. Compulsively searching Wikipedia to Black and white cartoon of man at computer desk using keyboard. After many lost hours, many lost days, I saw that it is wise for me to keep the web at arm's length.My new strategy is to only access the web from my computer at home, and to only access the web from my computer in the office after 4pm. These are my only two points of web access. So for the rest of the time, away from those two nodes, I am on an internet-free 'spacewalk'.Young male looking at mobile phone suspiciously. I reject the notion that we should automatically adopt a new technology, simply because it is new. It is false to assume that new technologies only add to our lives, without subtracting anything. Technology gives us gifts, but there is always a trade-off. There is always a subtraction.Shady downtown street scene cartoon. Lamp posts, traffic, office towers. Binoculars allow a viewer to see far further than usual, …Man being pickpocketed by another man with hoodie cartoon. ...but the binoculars blind the user to their immediate surroundings.To me, the web is like a pair of binoculars. It is a tool that allows us to see far, ...Cartoon man pulling woman out of danger. Phone zombie about to step into traffic. ...but it is a tool that we must use sparingly, to prevent us from becoming blind to our surroundings.Dramatic angle of young man with phone. I feel that instead of automatically, thoughtlessly, adopting all new technologies, we should do so as a conscious choice. A choice that fully assesses all of the advantages, and all of the disadvantages of adoption.Yeah, yeah, yeah - don't bother trying to explain all of the reasons why I should upgrade to a smartphone. You're the tenth person who's tried to have that discussion with me today.Cartoon illustration of hand holding a phone, showing the screen. I'm aware of what I'm missing by not having a smartphone.Blurry black and white cartoon of landscape looking over city from hill lookout.But I'm also aware of what I'm seeing by keeping the web at arm's length from my mind.Detailed cartoon scene of city skyscrapers at night, viewed from hilltop with flying foxes flying through air above city, with moon in the background.

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Comments

Millet Pascal

12 August 2017

Hi, I am your french translator. I agree with your fear of smartphones. However personnally I have a smart phone BUT use it very sparingly (No Facebook, mails and so on, I use Internet on the phone once per week) but I enjoy when needed maps or google search and mails when I am abroad. Cheers Pascal

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