Smartphones are not smart, they are stupid. Walking around looking at a screen in your hand? It's got to the be the stupidest step in the evolution of communication technology. But it's smartphones PLUS social media that is the real problem. In any situation where people have to wait, they instantly whip out their smartphones to avoid anything other than to be with their own mind. This is really bad because creativity flourishes when we have time to let our minds drift. Also, constantly getting beeps and notifications for new messages gives us lots of frequent hits of dopamine, thus hijacking the brain's reward system and wrecking our attention spans. But worst of all, everything you see on Facebook is decided by an algorithm. And that algorithm's sole purpose is to maximise the time you spend on Facebook so that it can show you as many ads as possible and therefore earn as much money as possible for Facebook. And that algorithm has learned that the stuff that you interact with the most tends to be the stuff that annoys you the most. So Facebook has learned to show people stuff that annoys them. And we absolutely do not need Facebook. We really don't. There are other ways to communicate with people and arrange things. There are other ways to share things with the people we care about. Facebook didn't even exist until 15 years ago. It's so recent, yet it's taken over people's lives so much, it's scary really. Facebook is to our attention what cigarettes and alcohol are for our bodies. It does not provide anything for us that we actually need, we just get addicted and then it earns money for someone else. I've come and gone from Facebook multiple times over the years, but until about 2 years ago my last stretch of absence lasted for a significant number of years. And I didn't miss it at all, I didn't need it at all. I only rejoined it to use a business related group, and I now use it for a couple of other groups, but other than that I try to keep my use of it to a minimum. And probably about once a week I contemplate leaving Facebook again. As for smartphones, I put off getting one for as long as I could. I didn't get one until January 2018, and it was only because I started volunteering for my local town council to help with local footpaths, and I thought it would be useful to have something to take photos and make notes. But I refuse to have social media apps on my phone. I absolutely refuse. I have dating apps on there, but I'm tempted to remove them and just do online dating through the websites instead. I just don't think it's good to get notifications all day long. It's no good for us. We don't need it. I mainly use my phone as a personal organiser. I like the calendar app, and the camera, and the notes app. If, when you're out and about, you spend most of your time looking at your phone, something has gone very wrong.