I read a few articles that teens and young adults are turning away from smart phones to dumb ones. Not dumb like my pink rotary phone above, but dumb like flip phones without all the bells and whistles of the internet. Along with the trend to appreciating vinyl that I wrote about last week, teens seem to like the retro phones, too.
Read this excerpt from The Daily Mail article called
Teenagers are turning to ‘dumb’ phone models from the 1990s due to a desire to switch off, say experts
- Young adults are turning away from smartphones to switch off
- Market researchers say this and lack of data bills is fuelling 90s nostalgia
- Nokia has even rereleased several older models to meet the demand
Young adults are turning their backs on high-tech smartphones in favour of ‘dumb’ models from the 1990s.
Experts say the trend among those in their late teens and early 20s is due to a social media craze for gadgets from the era and a desire to switch off from today’s screen-dominated world.
Lou Ellerton, of market research agency Kantar, said: ‘We’re heading back into a period of massive 90s’ nostalgia.’https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10656227/Teenagers-turning-dumb-phone-models-desire-switch-say-experts.html
I read in another article about this trend, that teens want a break from social media. There are so many studies that social media is causing depression and anxiety. They feel it first hand.
Plus there is the cost. Instead of paying $1,000 or more for a phone, they can buy a Nokia flip phone for $29. Plus the monthly cost for service is minimal without all that data.
What are you thoughts about young adults switching from smart phones to dumb phones? Would you try it yourself or do you find your smart phone too useful to give up? What do your kids prefer?
I can’t see my kids ever switching to dumb phones.
I see this as a good sign.
I do too.
I LOVE THIS.
I would switch to a dumb phone, however, half the things I do in the city are via app, like theater, movies etc. I admit I also like having my nook app
I use my google maps on my phone to get around my new area. I’d literally be lost without it!
I get it
I don’t think mine would switch. I don’t think I would either. I like the convenience. The key is self control. No need to be on it all the time.
Self control is key.
I have a suspicion this is an April Fool’s Joke. Be careful what you all believe.
I saw it on a lot of different sources. It might be short lived though.
My son would never. He loves by his apps!
My 1st phone 13 years ago was a flip phone, but I’m too attached to the apps and internet on my phone to go back to it