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Hello guys! I saw Cam's youtube channel and it inspired me to change my life. I am actually not game addicted but I am internet&smartphone addict. I am always on youtube facebook and reddit. And I want to change I will sell my pc, I will buy a very small(so it will be uncomfortable to use) laptop only using for my school. I will also quit my smartphone and gonna buy old phones. Which is not a "smart" one. I don't know if I can do or not. Basically I have zero friends and only thing that helps me with loneliness/boredom is internet right now. So whenever I try to put my phone off I feel cravings.

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13 hours ago, new_life.trying said:

Hello guys! I saw Cam's youtube channel and it inspired me to change my life. I am actually not game addicted but I am internet&smartphone addict. I am always on youtube facebook and reddit. And I want to change I will sell my pc, I will buy a very small(so it will be uncomfortable to use) laptop only using for my school. I will also quit my smartphone and gonna buy old phones. Which is not a "smart" one. I don't know if I can do or not. Basically I have zero friends and only thing that helps me with loneliness/boredom is internet right now. So whenever I try to put my phone off I feel cravings.

A few people have done this because they're addicted to YouTube, porn, reddit etc on top of just games. You can buy the regular phones still. Just not sure how they're doing now with it.

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I had a similar problem, and there were two components to it, in my case: fixing the "symptoms" (internet+phone addiction) and the underlying cause (lack of meaningful social interaction, aka loneliness, for me). 

The solution to the symptoms was not getting rid of my phone completely (cuz let's be honest, camera, GPS, social media and internet are, at times, very useful), but rather getting a lot of restriction apps on it (I use "Stay Focused", premium is only like $7 but saves me hours worth of time). There are multiple ways to commit strongly to blocking apps, such as randomly generating a password for screen time, sending it to a friend/erasing it, and then never ever having the option of finding out what it is (thus no way of getting rid of screen time blocks). Although it is a lot of effort, and perhaps money, to set the apps up, it is completely worth it as the time and money you will gain in return outweighs that greatly. 

But, I would also focus on fixing the underlying cause, since as long as it persists, you will not be able to get rid of the addiction completely or will likely to replace it with another (for me, that was TV shows). Not sure what the cause is for you, and how exactly to fix it- that is up to you to determine. 

My two cents. However, selling your phone is also an option, just not the one that I have chosen.

Po

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Another point against getting rid of a smartphone is that for better or for worse - and mostly for worse - they are now required for certain basic functions in many contexts. I cannot log in to any of the systems at work without two-factor authentication, and the only non-crazy-making way of doing that is to use the smartphone app.

I think @Pochatok is correct, though: address the underlying cause, whatever it is that pushes you toward distraction and escape, and the pull of the smartphone will subside on its own.

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I got Nokia 105 single SIM years ago, then last year I noticed I spent 8-9 hours per day on my smartphone and was living a toxic life. So I gave away my smartphone to my siblings, and currently using Nokia 105 and a tablet for drawing (but I do install some games here and trying to quit). At least Im not going to carry my tablet to outside and everywhere in my home cuz It's so old, slow and big.

I don't use social media that requires me to upload photos either, I don't need camera phone, I have my dad's old canon camera, it is so blurry view but well, I like that. No spotify, no whatsapp, alarm and basic contact functions are run well on my Nokia 105.

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