Let’s Re-evaluate Useless things

From which era or which time, there seems to be a kind of a stronger trend which evaluate “simpler” way of designs. The trend must be symbolized by iPhone culture, or even Apple product cultures. Simpler is better. Many buttons are excluded from your phone and we are now getting used to this buttonless screen on your smartphone. We could say that we have deleted so many useless things.

However, just making something simpler is that good thing? That’s what I’m thinking about right now. By deleting useless feature, haven’t we deleted or excluded something which must be prioritized or taken cared? A kind of answer was hit upon when I saw a Japanese documentary TV show in this afternoon. The TV show is called “72 hours”, which is not like action drama of “24”. The television crew shoot a documentary in a specific place or location for 72 hours, interviewing with people they met, and we can see many insightful comments or interesting attitudes from such real people in a real world.

I am a fan of this program. Every locations (like a convenience store in a big hospital, a bar in a very country side or air port in the end of March) looks like places where everyone’s life would be accepted. And you can realize every single one has their own deep story in their lives. Therefore, there are many fans of this TV show in Japan.

Anyway, the latest one was set in a wired museum where the owner collects old and wired things from closed museum or facilities. So, visitors can enjoy looking at very strange displays.

https://www.nhk.jp/p/72hours/ts/W3W8WRN8M3/episode/te/GP5YYMZN9X/

A female just staring a strange object and answering the crew’s interview. And the comment was very inspiring to me. She said like this. “Here, you can see many useless thing that once needed or thought to be cool or cute in 30 or 50 years ago, but now it is totally useless and thrown away. Everyone seems to like simple things but I personally don’t. I love such kind of gorgeous useless things.” or like that.

Then I thought about what we have lost with the trend of simple. We are throwing away more meaningless and useless things and we are feeling like we became more sophisticated, but actually, aren’t we also throwing away our creativity or interesting feature of us as a human being? Don’t you get more stressed out due to the meaningless or useless actions or events? I would rather think, we can love such meaninglessness or uselessness more, then, we can live better world where people are less stress out because they know how to deal with meaninglessness of our lives.

Maybe we can do more meaningless and useless things in this world. Everything should not be like apple products, but more chaos.

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3 simple tips for disconnecting with Smartphone

A smartphone is becoming anything in this era. Every desire is somehow connected with your smartphone or Wi-Fi, and you release almost your desire with it or before the blight screen of your smartphone. More and more people are now declaring how dangerous it is for us to live with the device, but more and more people seem that they’ve accepted to live with the device. Do you wear an Apple watch? If so, I would never criticize you because it’s very cool to me. But, I’m a person who has a big question about today’s living with smartphones. In short, I’m wondering I’m spending too much time with it. It’s like a feeling of having too many snacks but decent cuisine.

Today, I’d like to list up and share my tips for not being controlled by your smartphone and having a good relationship with smartphones. I actually think it’s far from the ideal though, if you could be inspired a bit and could have a great life with your smartphone, that would be great. Well, we can’t get rid of the device, but we can somehow get along with them more freely. There was a famous quote from a Japanese famous poet. And the book is now mean smartphone apparently in this time.

Throw Away Your Book, Rally in the Streets.

Shuji Terayama

1. Use an Alarm Clock
Many functions, devices are now replaced with smartphones. You don’t have to buy, calendar, clock, camera, voice recorder, DVDs, recorders, maps, diary, video camera, mail tools…etc. All you need is to buy your smartphone. It really seems that you need just food and a smartphone to survive in this era. The ultimate minimalist lifestyle is like that? I don’t know. Anyway, you need to re-set the role of them, and put them out from the smartphone. In short, you should use a physical alarm instead of iPhone. Then, you would realize the iPhone or smartphone was just a phone!

2. Throw Away Your Smartphone, Rally in the Streets
Is it the law that states us to own our smartphone or cell phone? Who said that anyway. We have never been persuaded or forced to bring cell phones, but somehow the world takes them for granted. We do have the right not to own or carry a cellphone. But, I know, it’s so convenient a device that we cannot imagine the world without it. Actually, once I tried to throw it away, but I couldn’t live without it, for the life without it was such a boring and stressful life. Then, I admit the role of it. It’s ok to have it. But, maybe you too, we sometimes use it so so much time, spending watching videos, irritating comments, but “no actions”. Then I feel like we are controlled by the smartphone. There are so many clever algorithms that never let us away from the device or the site. We shouldn’t overlook the fact.

Watching YouTube is such a wonderful way of relaxing. You can spend your whole Sunday watching YouTube videos recommended one after another. But, wait a sec. Can you say that you lived the day? If you can watch the whole video in heaven, would you watch it? To watch YouTube, all you need is just watch. you don’t even have to move. It’s the least tiring way of doing something next to breathing. But, is it the right thing? Let’s go out without your phones. See the world, and walk the actual world. Meet the real people, not via Zoom or Skype, but your neighborhood, dogs, supermarket staff. Then, you can finally feel, you lived the day.

3. Buy a classy iPhone case
If your iPhone is really easy to access, that’s great. Then that would mean somehow the smartphone is the dirtiest stuff you have because you touch it anytime. Moreover, you can carry it all the time. So, how about putting your smartphone into a gorgeous smartphone case or cover. You would change your attitude toward the smartphone because it became a kind of ROLEX. You want to take care of it, and you could use less time with it because you don’t want to hurt the case. In my opinion, the wallet case is better because the screen is closed when you don’t use it. Only one simple action to open the cover can be the obstacle to overuse.

I felt like I could see and know the whole world with the phone, but actually, it isn’t. Without traveling, you would never see the truth. We deserve to see this beautiful world. We have way better cameras than any up-to-date iPhone camera. We can see the world instead of using an iPhone camera. That’s the first device we should bring back from it.

p.s. But Smartphone is good anyway if we could use it correctly!