Last issue, we featured an article here at InRecovery on our “National Obsession with Social Media”, postulating whether it rises to the level of addiction. Our smart phones serve as a very clear long-arm extension of that problem. Well, a new company named Essential, thinks it has a cure, and there’s good reason to believe. After all, it’s headed up by Andy Rubin, the man who created Android. That software powers 85 percent of the world’s smart phones.
Essential’s solution is to have the phone answer all of those pesky emails and texts for you. ‘How?’ you might wonder. At the beginning, you might be offered up to six responses to choose from and you’ll pick the best one. Then, over time, through reinforcement, it eventually won’t need to ask you anymore. “If I can get you to the point where your phone is a virtual version of you, you can be off enjoying life…and you can trust your phone to do things on your behalf,” Rubin waxed philosophically.
“We all lived happy lives before we had always-on internet,” he added. And, perhaps thanks to Essential, we will once again return to those simpler more relaxed times soon.