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Smartphones Are Toys First, Tools Second
If you time-traveled to the 1960s, or even the 1980s, and tried to describe smartphones to the people you met, they wouldn't believe you.

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An amazing piece of Technology

  • If you time-traveled to the 1960s, or the 1980s, and tried to describe smartphones to the people you met, they wouldn’t believe you.
  • It is an all-in-one piece of tech that lets you do ...

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Smartphones are now toys

Our phones' utilitarian function has is compromised by the presence of numerous magnetic recreational functions.

We don’t play with our keys or debit cards, tape measures, calculators or dict...

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Make Smartphones tools again

For a Smartphone to be a tool, it has to useful and boring. It can be attractive for intentional, practical uses, but not for a reflexive diversion—a Swiss Army knife, not a carnival, in our pockets.

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