Smartphones Are Toys First, Tools Second
It would simply seem too good to be true—an affordable, pocket-sized device that provides:
These are just a few basic smartphone functions, but to your new friends, they would all sound like life-changing superpowers. The smartphone should be, and perhaps still could be, the most personally empowering device ever invented, yet many people are now trying to reduce or eliminate their role in their lives. Even when I unlock my phone for a decidedly empowering use—looking up a fact, entering something in my calendar—it’s unlikely I won’t also tap on Instagram, and maybe Pocket, Yahoo Sports, or whatever other icons pull the eye in that moment.