Old-fashioned Eddie: no smartphone, leather suitcase

Old-fashioned Eddie: no smartphone, leather suitcase

Around a year ago, Eddie Redmayne got rid of his smartphone in favour of a Punkt MPO01 – a sleek, paired back phone designing specifically to not demand your full attention (we’re certain he would have just gone for a Nokia 3410 but today’s tiny SIM cards just don’t fit).

'I tried switching back to a simple, old-fashioned handset in place of a smartphone,' he said recently when speaking to The Independent. 'It was a reaction against being glued permanently to my iPhone during waking hours. The deluge of emails was constant and I found myself trying to keep up in real time, at the expense of living in the moment. I love the idea of a more analogue phone in theory. During the day, I felt far more alive.’

We hear ya, Eddie. We hear ya. So how do you know if a smartphone has taken over your life? Here are 29 signs…

1. Checking your phone the moment you wake up because you "want to know what time it is", but we all know it’s to see your overnight notifications

2. Going to sleep and seeing nothing but Candy Crush Saga sweets

3. Actually feeling genuinely anxious when there’s no 4G

4. Reaching for your iPhone the second the ad breaks come on (who knows what might have happened in the last 15 minutes)

5. Genuinely not enjoying Strictly/X-Factor/Bake Off unless you’re watching AND following on Twitter

6. Getting 68 weeks deep in someone’s Instagram and accidentally double tapping

7. Being caught out liking something when everyone knows you went to the toilet

8. That time you left your phone at home still ranks in the top 5 worst days ever

9. So does that time Virgin Media made Facebook and Whatsapp go down

10. Not being able to remember the last time you used your mobile for an actual phone call


11. Not knowing what your ring tone is

12. Using an app to make your decisions for you

13. Actually having a discussion about sympathy likes with your other half

14. Your mum thinking something’s wrong if you haven’t posted on Instagram before midday

15. Shouting at your other half for drinking their latte before you got a decent shot of it

16. Actively avoiding the quiet carriage on the train

17. Getting glass stuck in your finger because a smashed screen isn’t going to stop you

18. Having a WhatsApp conversation with someone sitting at the other end of the sofa

19. That time you got no likes and insisted Instagram was broken

20. Turning up to appointments early to have time to catch up on social media


21. Knowing exactly why your friend is late because you're tracking them in Zara

22. Someone pointing out your iPhone face: squint, lip twitch etc

23. Someone without an addiction suggesting a smartphone amnesty at a dinner party while looking at you

24. Thinking you might be getting arthritis in your thumb/RSI in your scrolling finger

25. WhatsApping on the WiFi between tube stops

26. Bumping into a lamppost while following Google Maps

27. Having three portable chargers in your bag at any one time “just in case”

28. Turning your screen brightness to virtually zero that time you forgot all the chargers

29. Never wearing clothes with no pockets anymore because WHERE WOULD YOU PUT IT

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