Howard Jacobson expresses surprise at his attachment to his smartphone (Weekend, 2 September). I recently lost mine, and it also taught me to confront each causes of anxiety my phone assuaged personally. First, the worry of being alone: my phone supplied me with the illusion i could often be exposed to someone or something. Second, concern with uncertainty: my phone could always provide me through an answer for just about any question Needed must. Aloneness rather than knowing are fundamental to being human and drive much of our communication and creativity. Surely it’s the time for that Guardian to inspire us to give that up our phones and celebrate the delights to be disconnected from your virtual world but truly linked to the real.
Dr Peter Hindley
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