• Smart Phone Dumb Phone

  • Free Yourself from Digital Addiction
  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you pull out your phone at every idle moment? Do hours slip away as you mindlessly scroll? Has your smartphone added a level of detachment between you and the outside world?

Sadly technology which should be a wonderful boon to us has started to blight our lives. The average adult spends nearly 10 hours a day looking at digital screens, leading to unprecedented levels of stress, isolation, procrastination and inertia. The fact is that digital dependence is an addiction and should be treated as such.

Allen Carr's Easyway is a breath of fresh air when it comes to addiction treatment. Tried and tested as an incredibly successful stop-smoking method, its principles have since been applied to other addictions such as alcohol, gambling and caffeine with outstanding results. Here, for the first time, the Easyway method has been used to overcome digital addiction, and it really works!

Smart Phone Dumb Phone rewires our relationship to technology. By unravelling the brainwashing process behind our addictive behaviour, we are freed from dependence and can reassert control over our time and productivity. Including 20 practical steps to help you along your way, this wonderful guide will release you from the clutches of your smartphone and allow you to live in the moment. It truly is the easyway.

©2019 Allen Carr's Easyway (International) Limited (P)2019 Arcturus Digital Limited

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"The Allen Carr method has helped millions quit smoking. Now its experts are determined to tackle our obsession with digital devices." (Daily Express)

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Good take on another addiction

I've read Allen Carr's Easy Way to stop gambling and loved it. This book follows the same principles and is a valuable tool for those willing to limit their digital use.

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Interesting analysis of digital addiction

I’d give it overall a 3.5 out of 5. The book tries to apply the methods for cutting smoking and other drugs to digital “junk”, which sometimes works, but often makes it confusing. Because, as he explains in the book, digital devices aren’t always bad or always good, they are good or bad depending on the way they are used, and which apps in particular. I think it could’ve been written better and less tacky, and that it would’ve been better if it was built from scratch, rather than taking the template from Allen Carr’s smoking book. But I did get some good insights on how to quit any addiction, and think it will positively affect my digital use.

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  • Anonymous
  • 08-12-21

Feeling pretty good after reading this book

I’ve always made passive attempts to curb my “junk” internet usage. Website blockers, timers, pomadoro timers, you name it I’ve probably done it. The thing is the usage always creeps up again.
I’ve already done a lot of things - I don’t have any games or useless apps on my phone, I banned access to certain time wasting websites. Instead of using my phone, I just opened up my laptop to use time wasting websites instead.
This week I’ve been feeling kind of down about it - I waste so much time when I should be doing work, or engaging in my hobbies, but instead I’m refreshing certain websites, waiting for something to happen, then being disappointed. It gets to complete ridiculousness. I won’t play video games I enjoy because I’m too busy staring at websites that I know deep down I’m not enjoying.
I think this book was the final piece of the puzzle I needed to finally help me kick the bad habits. Listened to two hours yesterday and started to feel differently about my device usage, today I finished it off and I’ve honestly had my best day at work…maybe ever.
Time will tell if this book is permanent as it claims, but it’s definitely worth listening to it you feel like you’re ready to make some real change to your device usage.
Narrator is very pleasant to listen to which enhances the whole thing.
If I did have a complaint it’s that it’s a bit waffle-y at times, but overall the book was good enough that it didn’t spoil it.

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  • todd
  • 01-15-22

Blah blah blah

An hour in this book and I want to give up audiobooks! Blah blah blah blah, Alan Carr brilliant and only method,blah blah blah. I had to increase the speed to 1.3 in a hope to get through but really wish that they boil it down to the point and stop selling me more books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-22

Feels like 95% padding

It really felt you could have summarised this in 1 short chapter. Endless sections telling us what we probably already know before you actually are informed how you go about it. The tips make sense but it took a long time to get there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-21

It really is easy!

This book helped me stop being a digital addict and become a happy user of smart devices.

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  • Alan Presch
  • 04-21-22

it includes gaming addiction

The title doesn't do this book justice.
it's more than just phones. it's covers gaming, and work life balance.

The narrators voice is a bit dry and robotic at times. but the contents worth it.

I'd highly recommend the book for anyone who finds themselves spending too much time on pointless apps or games

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  • Matt Kieblesz
  • 01-30-22

This book just have to be read

What can I say, big fan of all Allen Carr books but this one is in my opinion the best of all. Truly great design, I was afraid to finish but the book is structured in such a way that whenever fear popped up I was already on the chapter which explained everything about it. Most of all, I’m free!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-22

great

I didnt even knew I had an addiction. now I know I had. but it's in the past. I love Allen Carr's work. Really helps without needing to go to a clinic or whatever.

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  • Sandra
  • 09-08-19

worth a listen

like all Allen carr books they are repetitive but stick with it its worth a listen. im now a happy digital user.