Unlocked review: Why we don’t need to panic about our phones



Mandatory Credit: Photo by Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock (14291785a) GELDERMALSEN - A student puts his cell phone in a phone pocket at ORS Lek and Linge secondary school. Since January 1, 2024, there has been a national ban on the use of mobile phones in the classroom. High School Phone Ban, Geldermalsen, Netherlands - 09 Jan 2024

In the Netherlands, schoolchildren must leave their smartphones outside the classroom

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Pete Etchells (Piatkus)

DURING the course of writing this review, I looked at four separate screens. There was my laptop, onto which I typed this text; there was my phone, pinging and buzzing with messages from friends and colleagues; my iPad, for hunting additional details; and, in the background, a TV passively showing programmes.

So far, so normal in 2024. But what do all those screens and the time spent with them do to us? Plenty of books and…


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