I take it even further. I work online tech and design and am in front of a screen many hours a day. To make sure my offtime isn’t monopolized by the internet and phone I have text turned off. You want to communicate with me, call me, don’t give me this one sided conversation where you talk at me and sign off.
I also have a flip-phone which is not connected to the internet, meaning no emails or apps or alerts (I have never followed tweets anyway, but no tweets etiher). I dont use my phone as an mp3 player and I don’t play games on it, and I don’t hand it to the nearest toddler or baby so they can amuse themselves with it. My kids don’t use phones other than to call their grandparents and the older one does use a tablet: to read books. There’s no games on it. She doesn’t miss it or feel deprived because she’s never played candy crush or whatever moronic game is au courant right now. She also reads a lot of “paper” books and that takes up enough of her time she doesn’t need some stupid phone or tablet game as a timewaster. Parents who do allow their kids to do this (or worse yet, play farmville or angry birds or w/e the equivalent of those dumbass games for dumbasses are themselves) are short-changing their kids and actually changing their brain chemistry for the worse.
I refuse to be dominated by my phone and furthermore I complain loudly and insist that anyone I’m spending my valuable time with, say in a restaurant or movie or whatever, stay the hell off the phone and not be texting just for conversation around me. Anyone who does won’t be dining, going to a movie or even riding in a car with me again. I’m a militant anti-asshole resistor and I’m tired of the tyranny of phones, even when I don’t have one others try to force their phone rudeness on me. I no longer put up with it, have never allowed my kids to do it (and they are quite critical and even hostile to those who ignore the one’s your with in order to text someone else) and more people should join the movement. Resistance destroyed google glasses, it can work for iphones and smartphones as well if we all say “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore”