Stopping Data Sharing From My Phone


With the recent outcry about data being harvested by Facebook I decided it was time for me to take control of my data.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of deleting my Facebook account however I did make the decision to reset my phone.

I have an android smartphone which I purchased at the end of last year. In the intervening months I have given the phone access to a number of aspects of my life.  Four email accounts, banking app, Facebook app, twitter, Whatsapp, Strava, and more.  Last night I reset the phone to factory settings and did not add any apps or sign into my Google account.  My smartphone is now just a phone with a camera.

So far in the few hours since I did this I have not noticed much of a difference.  When I first woke up this morning I reached for the phone as normal and only when I saw the blank screen did I remember that I had reset it.

The question was, as I had the opportunity for a long lie today, was there anything that I needed to know about at that exact time?  Did I need to know what had been posted on Facebook?  Did I need to see what emails had been sent overnight?  The answer was no I did not.

If there was anything important that I needed to know my family would have called me.  Anything less important than a family emergency was not important enough for me to drag myself out of bed.  I had my first long lie for a while and was surprised at how long I managed to sleep.  Probably because my mind didn’t have any new information to digest this morning.

How big a difference will this make to daily life?  Not much I don’t think, it just means that accessing my emails or social media will have to wait until I am at home.  How much will this impact on my work life?  Probably not a lot, anyone who wants me urgently can phone me, anyone who sends an email is not expecting an instant reply.  If I am out reporting on something then I have no need to know what is happening in the rest of the world on a moment by moment basis.

I am now off out to do some shopping and have some lunch.  It will be interesting to see if this self imposed lack of interaction makes a difference.


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