How I fixed my smartphone addiction

George Mack

How I fixed my smartphone addiction:

I have 2 phones - Cocaine Phone & Kale Phone

Here's how it works:

1. The Smartphone Paradox - Your phone is a gateway to the world's best knowledge -- and the world's best distractions.

It's like having the best teachers, strip clubs, and social clubs in your pocket 24-7.

2. Society's Solution - There are 2 paths people use to deal with the smartphone paradox:

• Phone addict - Glued to phone constantly.

• Phoneless luddite - No access to the best technology of this century so far.

You either burn out or miss out.

Instead, there's a 3rd door nobody in society is talking about: The Cocaine-Kale Phone protocol.

3. The Cocaine-Kale Protocol

I have 2 phones:

• Kale Phone - Full stack serotonin. Only notes, Kindle, Uber, Maps, and emergency number for 2-3 people to call.

• Cocaine Phone - Full stack dopamine. Twitter. Instagram. TikTok. WhatsApp. Anyone can contact.

4. How does the Kale Phone work?

I can check this 24-7 - but it's so damn vanilla I don't feel the need to.

If I want to procrastinate on it, I must read a book or generate ideas in my notes. (Win-Win)

I get 90% of the upsides of having a phone -- with none of the addiction.

5. How does the Cocaine Phone work?

I don't check it until ∼12pm on weekdays and ∼2pm on weekends.

I still get the optionality that smartphones and social media produce.

But I don't consume it 24-7 until my brain melts.

6. What are the impacts?

• The Kale Phone resets your baseline.

• Your Cocaine phone feels too intense after 60 minutes per day. You start to crave the Kale phone.

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I get countless DM's of people who have said this has fixed their smartphone addiction.

I've now been doing this for over 2 years -- and it's impossible to go back.

If you're struggling with smartphone addiction or negative externalities of using a smartphone too much -- give it a go.

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FAQ's

1. Why not just adjust the focus settings on iphone and limit app usage?

Whenever I tried this, I failed.

• I knew the password so would just unlock it

• More important point - Your brain still knows it is there. So it ticks away eating your subconscious RAM.

It's like having your cocaine dealer follow you around.

2. Could the cocaine phone not just be a tablet or iPad?

I often need the cocaine phone the most for messaging people on the way to social occasions.

Turning up to a dinner with a tablet isn't the most fashionable look -- even for me.

3. 2 sims or one?

2 sims.

Only emergency contacts have kale phone number.

4. Will this not be terrible for the enviroment if loads of people did this?

No.

There's now more smartphones than people -- and that number is growing everyday.

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How I fixed my smartphone addiction:

I have 2 phones - Cocaine Phone & Kale Phone

Here's how it works:

1. The Smartphone Paradox - Your phone is a gateway to the world's best knowledge -- and the world's best distractions.

It's like having the best teachers, strip clubs, and social clubs in your pocket 24-7.

2. Society's Solution - There are 2 paths people use to deal with the smartphone paradox:

• Phone addict - Glued to phone constantly.

• Phoneless luddite - No access to the best technology of this century so far.

You either burn out or miss out.

Instead, there's a 3rd door nobody in society is talking about: The Cocaine-Kale Phone protocol.

3. The Cocaine-Kale Protocol

I have 2 phones:

• Kale Phone - Full stack serotonin. Only notes, Kindle, Uber, Maps, and emergency number for 2-3 people to call.

• Cocaine Phone - Full stack dopamine. Twitter. Instagram. TikTok. WhatsApp. Anyone can contact.

4. How does the Kale Phone work?

I can check this 24-7 - but it's so damn vanilla I don't feel the need to.

If I want to procrastinate on it, I must read a book or generate ideas in my notes. (Win-Win)

I get 90% of the upsides of having a phone -- with none of the addiction.

5. How does the Cocaine Phone work?

I don't check it until ∼12pm on weekdays and ∼2pm on weekends.

I still get the optionality that smartphones and social media produce.

But I don't consume it 24-7 until my brain melts.

6. What are the impacts?

• The Kale Phone resets your baseline.

• Your Cocaine phone feels too intense after 60 minutes per day. You start to crave the Kale phone.

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I get countless DM's of people who have said this has fixed their smartphone addiction.

I've now been doing this for over 2 years -- and it's impossible to go back.

If you're struggling with smartphone addiction or negative externalities of using a smartphone too much -- give it a go.

-----

FAQ's

1. Why not just adjust the focus settings on iphone and limit app usage?

Whenever I tried this, I failed.

• I knew the password so would just unlock it

• More important point - Your brain still knows it is there. So it ticks away eating your subconscious RAM.

It's like having your cocaine dealer follow you around.

2. Could the cocaine phone not just be a tablet or iPad?

I often need the cocaine phone the most for messaging people on the way to social occasions.

Turning up to a dinner with a tablet isn't the most fashionable look -- even for me.

3. 2 sims or one?

2 sims.

Only emergency contacts have kale phone number.

4. Will this not be terrible for the enviroment if loads of people did this?

No.

There's now more smartphones than people -- and that number is growing everyday.

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