For kicks, I've started keeping wifi and mobile data off on my phone by default, and it has led to some interesting consequences; I'll try to recap some as I fully process them.
The most obvious one is that the battery now lasts 3+ days on a single charge (vs. ~30 hours with wifi and data always on). This includes casual Bluetooth usage (mostly headphones).
This one's nothing revolutionary and it's operationally irrelevant, but I guess using less energy is not the lousiest thing one can do.
(Keeping my phone's wifi & mobile data off by default, pt. III)
For what it's worth, earlier I fought the compulsion by turning off most push notifications, and that has worked to a very decent degree.
It has still given plenty of room for ridiculously easy mindless wandering around the interwebs, and I didn't like that.
(Keeping my phone's wifi & mobile data off by default, pt. IV)
Internet-based messaging apps obviously don't work while the phone is offline, which leads to some curious side-effects.
Reading & writing messages becomes more focused, because I usually do it only when I decide I have time and energy to catch up with what had happened on the internets; as a consequence, I'm more invested in the act instead of just replying as an afterthought while waiting for public transport.
@alexcleac Cool! It's great to read other people's experiences, too.
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