For many people in early recovery from pornography addiction, a behavioral intervention entertain is getting rid of their smart phone and going back to the “dumb” version. This has always caused some consternation when shopping for an old school flip phone. Do they even make them? If they do are they in stock or does it have to be ordered. Then, some of them still have some access to the internet.
In the past month there have been a few articles in the Wall Street Journal about simple phones. The first article targeted parents who were not sure about getting their tween a smartphone. It is now the norm for a tween to have a smartphone and those that don’t may face some social pushback from their peers if their parents do not allow them to have this type of phone. Several newer phone companies have stepped up to address this gap. The first is the Light Phone II. This phone runs on the AT&T network. It looks like a smartphone but only allows calling and texting as well as some basic apps such as music and an alarm. The second option is the Gabb. This phone mimics the look of an iPhone but does not have any access to the internet, games, or social media. A third option is Pinwheel this phone also looks like a traditional smart phone but does not allow access to the internet or social media. The company does allow age appropriate, nonaddictive apps.
The second article targeted adults who wanted a minimalist phone. The MuditaPure is a cellphone that can call and text but cannot access the internet, email, or take picture. The phone does not even have a color palate and is monochrome. This device will be available in November. Another option is the Light Phone that uses black and white to avoid blue light.
With these new developments, there are now many more phone options for those in recovery. If you want, you can have a phone that looks like your peers so you can avoid the inevitable questions that come when you pull out a flip phone.