The Numbing Shield 2.0

shoes3Several months ago I posted a blog about the numbing shield that is the cell phone. You are invited to read it again (I think it is still pretty good).

This numbing shield I named has been “improved.”  I stumbled onto a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for those who really need a numbing shield.

This is the proposed product description: “Introducing the NoPhone, a technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact. With a thin, light and completely wireless design, the NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment. Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.”

no phone

Yes, this is a Kickstarter campaign to create a piece of plastic that is the shape of a smartphone. It is a mockery of what smartphones have done to relationships—and it has raised over $7,000 so far.  Many others agree with the numbing behavior that our innocent cell phones have enabled.

More from the Kickstarter proposal:
Features:
Battery free
No upgrades necessary
Shatterproof
Waterproof

And more:
Testimonials:

“I used to sleep with my phone in my hand, but my night terrors would cause  me to hurl it across the room in an unconscious panic. With the NoPhone, I can still enjoy the comfort of holding a phone in my sleep, without waking up to a shattered screen. Thanks, NoPhone.” -David H

“With the NoPhone, my eye contact skills have improved 73%.” -Whitney R

“Because of the NoPhone, I haven’t drunk texted my ex boyfriend in one whole week.” -Craig G

“Not a real phone.” -Katie A

I personally liked the FAQS:

Does it have a camera?
No.

Is it Bluetooth compatible?
No.

Does it make calls?
No.

Is it toilet bowl resistant?
Yes.

What a hoot! You can check out what the Selfie Upgrade is for yourself – Kickstarter.

This is a good chuckle.  A real campaign that pokes truth at what is happening in too many relationships.  Will this humor inspire us to be brave and stop hiding and numbing?

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Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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