My first commercial mobile phone experience was with my mom’s now-iconic Nokia 3310.
Inspired by the simplicity of that experience, I am currently treating my phone as a 3310 until the new year. Outside of Waze for navigation, the 3310 only allowed for texts and calls. There wasn’t any email, browsing, or other media. For those things, I have to open up my laptop and do so. And, it’s been a fun experiment.
Two reflections – first, adding a relatively small dose of friction forces a disproportionate amount of intentionality. And, next, it is amazing how intentionally reading the same content on a larger screen feels slower and calmer.
Here’s to a slower, calmer holiday season then.