When my boss said, "why don't you try spending a week without your smartphone and use a feature phone?" I thought, what's the worst that could happen?
No big deal, I spend a few days with a "dumb phone". At least I can still call and text. It'll be easy. How wrong I was.
What I didn't anticipate was realizing just how much I rely on my device for nearly everything.
The idea was to try out what's known as "digital detoxing" – disconnecting from your increasingly connected devices. We check our phones around 85 times a day on average, according to research from Nottingham Trent University. And I wanted to see if I was better off without that.
For the experiment, I used an MP01, a feature phone made by Swiss company Punkt. All it does is make calls and texts, but handily it did have an alarm clock to wake me up in the morning.