Nomophobia – the fear of going without your phone. PDSD – post-deletion stress disorder, the feeling of regret experienced when forced to delete photos or files due to lack of storage. In some respects smartphones have only added to our anxieties about modern life. And our reliance on these devices means that when they fail, we fail.
But now there’s a host of new apps and services being introduced which address this empathy crisis. The Nextbit Robin counters PDSD by automatically storing space-grabbing files and photos to the cloud. The appeal lies in its ability to offload data intelligently – that’s less stuff for you to trawl through, and therefore less stress. Meanwhile the latest iOS update includes the Night Shift feature that balances the stimulating effect of screen time before bed.
Of course, all devices come with a feature that brings an immediate release from the tyranny of the smartphone. It’s called the off switch.
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