The evolution of the telephone is undoubtedly remarkable, but is it helping or hurting humans? The world became increasingly reliant as navigation, social media, gaming apps, and other modifications and enhancements intensified the capability of the cell phone. These devices feel like an extra limb, one we simply cannot leave the house without now. Yet, there is hope for our youth. Stephen Dalby, the founder of Gabb Wireless, observed his phone habits and felt inclined to find a less addiction-prone device for his own children.
Dalby researched products already on the market for children’s cell phones, and after much disappointment, he began innovating. His intention to confine screen time and Internet access was at the forefront of his invention. Back to simpler times-- these modifications would benefit the youth in a multitude of ways.
Consider the physical and mental toll screen time causes. Nielsen Company reported a link to obesity, eyestrain, and neck strain. Another study concluded a high risk of depression and anxiety, which lead to “significant academic, psychological, and cognitive impairment.” The risks of providing a child with a multi-purpose cell phone outweigh the benefits tenfold and kids actually enjoy the device.
“I like Gabb because I’m not even tempted to waste time on my phone,” Kelana Humphrey said.
The world is on a downward spiral to accidentally morph humans into cyborgs- considering we can barely function without cybernetic components-like a smartphone. Luckily, Dalby is the hero that finally took a firm stance on protecting our youth. Gabb Wireless provides children with a new future, one where they can think outside the box (in their hand); be smart without a smartphone. Not to mention, with this invention, the young are less likely to miss out on all life has to offer. Their heads will be up and observing without a lens.
Dalby’s invention will allow children to have an independent perspective, rather than having information or even false information clouding their minds. This safe phone looks like a classic smartphone but eliminates the app store, social media, games, and the Internet. This device is available at an affordable price of $49.99 and an additional $19.99 per month for unlimited calls and texts. Additional features include voice memo recording, camera, and even music, but the best part is the battery lasts up to three days—simplicity at its finest.
The best inventions tend to solve problems, and Gabb Wireless’ safe phone for children is one for the books.