Why teens are giving up their smartphones and joining the Luddite Club

Why teens are giving up their smartphones and joining the Luddite Club

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When was the last time you used a foldable phone? For many of us, years have probably passed, maybe more than a decade. But for the teenage members of the Luddite Club, Face phones have become the norm. They are abandoning social media and relying on face-to-face conversations in an effort to free themselves from the distracting tyranny of smartphones.

Personally, I’m not ready to part with my iPhone just yet, but I think they’re interested in something.

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1. How a smartphone addicted teen learned to become a Luddite. Lola Schop was a high school student who describes herself as a “scenario” who takes selfies and browses social media thoughtlessly. When a friend gave up her smartphone for good, it inspired Shub to swap her iPhone for a foldable phone.

  • Shub is now part of the Luddite Club, a group of New York City teens who meet at their local library. The club has only one rule: no smartphones here.
  • Since she gave up her smartphone, Ship says she has more space to think creatively, more time to read, and better focus. She and many of her friends have given up Instagram and prefer phone calls to text messages.
  • “If I had one overarching message for my fellow teens, it would be this: Spend the time getting to know yourself and exploring the world around you,” Ship wrote. “It’s much more satisfying—and much more realistic—than the ones inside your expensive little box.”

Here’s how this teen left her smartphone and learned to live in the moment.


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8. All this switching could burn you. A recent study found that workers switch between different apps and websites an average of 1,200 times each day, and the switch to working from home is at least partly to blame. It leads to fatigue – creating a “switch tax”.


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