Reconnecting with the Flip Phone


Photos by Mason Pearson

The idea of using a flip-phone in 2022 may be a little far-fetched, however people are choosing to trade in their smart phones for more basic options. The obsession over smartphones is starting to dissipate, as many students and young adults are opting to give up their smartphones in favor of flip-phones.

According to the Pew Research Center, 97% of teens use the internet daily and about 95% of United States teens have access to a flip phone.

There is a growing stigma that people are more disconnected than ever due to the lack of face to face communication in the recent years of COVID-19 and social media rise. UNG student Adam Fischer says, “Back in the day you would walk into a class and people would be talking to each other, now a days they just sit on their phones. That prohibits people from talking to each other, and that makes it harder to socialize and make friends.”

            “I’d rather not have a phone at all, but my parents said they absolutely needed a way to get in contact with me, so I opted to begin using a flip phone.”- UNG Student Adam Fischer 

Almost all social media apps have algorithms that track user activities to prolong viewership in the app. The apps shows specific topics that users have interacted favorably with, and show these topics to suck users in.

“I want to be more productive in school, so if I transferred to a flip phone, I feel I would have less temptations to not do work,” said UGA student Brennan Murphy. “But the prospect of getting a flip phone gives me anxiety about being disconnected from the modern world,” he says.