Why People Are Moving Back to ‘Dumbphones’

Published Date 2022-11-01

Written by Circles.Life

People Are Moving Back to ‘Dumbphones’. Here’s Why!

In 2007, smartphones began to take the world by storm. Since then, phones have continued to evolve and get smarter and smarter. Now you can do everything from making a call to ordering your groceries from the palm of your hand.

With the convenience of smartphones, "dumbphones" have been phased out over recent years, or so many people believe. Dumbphones are phones with very limited functionality. You can make calls from these phones and send SMS messages, but any other capabilities are limited.

However, these phones might be more popular than you think; in fact, one in ten people have a dumbphone. In addition, between 2018 and 2021, user searches for dumbphones increased by 89 per cent.

What's making switching to a dumbphone so popular? Keep reading to find out.

Digital Fatigue

How much time do you spend online? Your smartphone gives you constant access to a digital world. During the pandemic having access to a digital community has been helpful.

However, spending too much time online can lead to digital fatigue. People are starting to move away from being available 24/7 to everyone who wants to talk and interact with them. In addition, excessive screen time has been linked to negative mental health outcomes.

People are ready to get back out into the world and experience life without being glued to their phones. However, when your phone is constantly with you, it can be a challenge to break old habits.

It's not uncommon to walk into a restaurant and see tables of people all looking at phones. A dumbphone takes away the temptation to be glued to your screen and social media.

Instead, you can spend time interacting with the people and world around you.

Better Sleeping Habits

How often do you fall asleep scrolling social media on your phone? Electronic devices emit blue light. This light is naturally provided throughout the day by the sun and is the reason the sky is blue.

Blue light has significant connections to our circadian rhythm. In fact, it's the most influential type of light on our circadian rhythm.

During the day, the blue light we're exposed to triggers us to be alert and focused. It does this because it suppresses melatonin, a critical sleep hormone. Back before blue light exposure came from artificial sources, our bodies relied on the sun to help regulate our sleep.

Now, we get exposed to blue light long after the sun sets, which can significantly impact our sleep. Switching to dumbphones makes it easier to step away from devices that emit blue light several hours before bed. This helps reduce the exposure to blue light that can keep you awake when you should be snoozing.

Aesthetics

Every style comes back around eventually. Millennials tend to hang onto the 90s due to nostalgia, and Gen Z is hanging onto Y2K.

The best dumbphones were created during the early 2000s, and Gen Z is obsessed with that time period. They're bringing back many trends from that time, and dumbphones appear to be one of them.

Affordability

How much did your last smartphone cost? These tiny devices can cost as much as a laptop, and with the cost of living rising, it can be challenging to justify spending that money.

For many looking for a phone that doesn't cost so much, a dumbphone is a much more viable option. These phones typically cost under 100 dollars, while smartphone prices have continued to soar.

Durability

Australians lose or destroy around 1,300 phones every day. When is the last time you dropped your phone?

There are smartphones that get built to get treated roughly; however, they often cost a pretty penny, and they're not impervious. Did you ever have a dumbphone back in the day?

These phones were built well and lasted. You could drop it and pick it up moments later, and your phone would still look good and work.

And, have we mentioned the battery life? These old things can last for days on a single charge.

Privacy and Security

How much information do you store on your smartphone? Cybersecurity is a real issue in this day and age.

Smartphones make life easier because you can pay for almost anything from the palm of your hand. In some stores, you simply need to tap your phone.

However, because of that and other information that can be found within your smartphone, it does put users at risk. Dumbphones might be dumb, but they're a smart choice for people who are worried about the prying eyes of hackers on the internet.

Gifting Choice for the Non-Digital Savvy

Everyone has that one person in their life who just seems to repel technology. They might try to use a smartphone but generally end up just getting frustrated.

For some people, a phone with the ability to text and call is enough. It allows them to keep in touch with friends and family, and it doesn't stress them out.

Personal Preference

There are a lot of reasons people choose dumbphones over smartphones. However, at the end of the day, you don't need to have a reason.

Some people choose a dumbphone because that's what they prefer, and that's okay. When it comes down to it, it's your phone, and the only person that needs to like it is you.

The Return of Dumbphones

The return of dumbphones is coming. With the ease of use and the ability to disconnect, these phones are rising in popularity once again. Ultimately, you don't need a reason to own a dumbphone; pick the phone you love and stay connected to the people you love with the best phone plans.

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