Ed Sheeran Doesn’t Have a Smart Phone

As we’ve learned across media this year… Ed Sheeran doesn’t have a smart phone.

Though, neither do 39% of American cell phone owning adults who lack a high school degree and 29% of Americans who make less than $30,000. Compare that to just 8% of cellphone owners with a college degree that lacked digital mobile access.

So, if “Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything”, from medicine to education to access to goods, information, service, and social networks, what happens for those who lack access? The divide gets wider/deeper? How will their voices be heard? Can the subaltern speak?

The Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter’s move to get rid of his iPhone was to reduce mobile overload. As he shared with Ellen this week, “it’s so much less stress. I don’t wake up each morning and have to answer 50 messages of people asking for stuff. It’s like I wake up and have a cup of tea.”

As a Sheeran fan, I applaud his self-imposed year off the digital grid, “seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes”. His new work, from his year off the digital grid, is topping the charts. And, he’s back on social media to promote it.

Just need more focus…

For more stats on the Internet, Science, and Technology, check out the Pew Research Center.

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One Response to Ed Sheeran Doesn’t Have a Smart Phone

  1. sydhavely says:

    Great post. You’re seeing more and more of this, even retreats that offer a week without a laptop or iPhone-less so that its participants can get back to focusing on human interaction and experiencing awesome natural experiences without first taking an iPhone camera photo or texting a friend. Must be like withdrawal–people miss the dopamine rush.

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