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I’m a platform agnostic, I’m no stranger to using my iPhone and Android device at the same time, and I prefer a weird none of the ecosystems to others. This has allowed me to be somewhat moderate about iOS and Android, taking them both worth it. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and I have been blessed to be able to try them on both of the many different devices and experience them to the fullest, possibly beyond the capabilities of the ordinary River, which are not part of this work.
I’m also the guy in the office who probably has the most accurate views on the unhealthy customizability of Android because I was often joking, always switching between launchers, icon packs, widgets, and Tasker extensions. Only after my custom ROM phase was finally over, and I thank the Lord. At one point, I remember that my repair work became so severe that I couldn’t experience any Android device as intended by the manufacturer because I had to adapt it right away from the bat or use it was out of the question. After all, the untapped clever opportunity became overwhelming to the point that I hated the otherwise excellent Android ecosystem.
Android fans definitely mark this opinion as a victim of a beloved operating system, but there are more than a few in the field of psychology who seem to agree that a person doesn’t benefit from having too many choices in front of him. In fact, most people are confused when they have too many choices in front of them, as opposed to simpler options. My favorite publication on the subject must be excellent by Barry Schwartz The paradox of choice – why more is less
who nails it: “Autonomy and freedom of choice are critical to our well-being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nevertheless, while today’s Americans have more choice than any group of people ever before, and presumably more freedom and autonomy, we don’t seem to benefit from it psychologically.”
This combined with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) makes too many choices detrimental to human happiness.
How should I enjoy this phone if I don’t like the icons or want to emulate another feature of the phone? How could I sleep good night knowing I could set a killer home screen layout on Nova Launcher?I emphasize heavily, but you’ll probably grab my drift.
All of this ended quickly when I took the iPhone for a spin, and its restrictive nature guided me quickly and kept me in check. No more rocket tests. No more custom icons, and thankfully, no more useless pecking. For better or worse, I was mostly stuck with what Apple had decided for me. It didn’t take too long for my brain to “lead” itself. In IOS, the most important decision was to choose a wallpaper. Boring, I know, but suddenly I was no longer a slave to unnecessary customization. And you know what? I like it.
It was about half a decade ago, but I haven’t given up on my old habits yet. While I’ve used more than 30 different Android devices in the meantime, I’ve tried to keep things as simple as possible and follow the original interface choices made by the manufacturer without interfering with the seemingly unlimited customization options that Android has reserved for me. Sure, I happen to customize it from time to time, but I promise it’s just for work purposes. What the apparently restrictive nature of Apple’s operating system had done for me shifted to widespread use of smartphones and helped me achieve much better digital health in the long run.