Bring back the Dumbphone
According to Financial Times' Lisa Pollack, apps will not help with our smartphone addiction but changing the hardware might.
Pollack realized that she was having cravings akin to those she previously experienced as a smoker. She describes it as: "Sometimes sharp, sometimes just a background hum, a pull to satiate a desire to use my phone. I fear that the only way to get rid of this sensation, and force myself to spend more time mindfully in the physical world, is to put a limit on the connection to the virtual."
But she's convinced that apps or software to limit or monitor her usage are not the answer. I agree wholeheartedly.
There are myriad apps like Finish and Flipd that provide a temporary lock-out on your phone. But many are coming to the same conclusion as Pollack: it is a hardware problem.
We need a dumbphone. Read Lisa Pollack's excellent article here.