Weekend iPhone: why young people started switching to simple phones from zero
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More and more young people are opting for “old” phones in order to spend more time in the real rather than the virtual world.
Flip-phones, which were popular in the 2000s, have exploded in demand among the younger generation. 18-year-old TikTok star Sammy Palazzolo launched a new challenge on the social network, which consists in voluntarily abandoning the latest iPhone models in favor of primitive devices, writes The New York Post.
“We don't take our regular phones anymore. Everything that causes us to have a bad time is due to our phone,” she explained.
Palazzolo, who is a student at the University of Illinois, recently bought a phone The AT&T Cingular Flex is a fairly modern upgrade to Y2K, with basic photo and video capabilities, for use on campus nights out with buddy Reagan Beder.
Choosing a phone with simpler features meant Sammy didn't waste time on social media, dating apps, and other time wasters. She could only text and share funny photos and videos with her closest friends.
“It eliminates random drunk posts, drunk messages, bad connections, eliminates all the bad things about college and brings everything the good thing about a phone that connects people,” Palazzolo explained.
According to the girl, she first tried to switch to a flip phone when she was 16 years old, but her parents panicked at the thought that they would not be able to track her. When Sammy was old enough, she returned to her idea, inheriting the early 2000s.
“I think that in that era it was fun to play with style, play with fashion and just play in general. I think , the girls were always walking, having fun and really getting the most out of everything,” the student said.
The American woman's act very quickly resonated with her audience, and the #flipphone hashtag gained more than 545.5 million views.
One of Sammy's followers, 21-year-old Caitlin Kunz, said that she dreamed of a smartphone in her early teens age. Now, as an adult, she felt she needed to take a step back. In September, Kunz and her best friend Mary decided to buy matching flip phones.
Now she hopes she has inspired others to do so, claiming to have seen improvements in her physical and mental health: better sleep, fewer migraines and a reduction in smartphone time from 12 to 3 hours a day. She stopped comparing herself to others and began to feel better overall.
Years of scientific evidence links the rise in smartphone and social media use to an increase in mental health disorders, self-harm and suicide among adolescents and young adults, especially girls.
“I think it was actually better to live in the present, be with friends and just have those memories than check your phone every five seconds and make sure you didn't miss anything,” he said. Kunz.
Palazzolo agrees with these words. Since she gave up her iPhone, life has become better:
“I noticed that I just enjoy meeting more. And really, just pay attention to the people you are with now and listen to them. I I can understand them better, listen to them better and really strengthen those relationships.”