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My Smartest Move Was Switching to a Dumber Phone

Trading my smartphone for a flip phone improved every aspect of my life

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My son was born in 2006. The iPhone was born in 2007. They have been competing for my attention ever since.

I always knew it was wrong to steal a moment to look at my phone instead of my son. But I thought I had plenty of moments.




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New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World

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