For every source that says smartphones increase productivity, there are just as many that say they\u2019re time-wasters. At work, a smartphone can undoubtedly be an asset, giving you instant access to information, reminding you of important deadlines, and enabling you to stay in touch with your team wherever you are. But let\u2019s face it, your phone can also be a bad influence, distracting you with adorable puppy-meets-monkey videos and the scoop on where washed-up celebrities are now. As you fixate on its small screen, ignoring others around you, it abets rudeness and, if you\u2019re driving, potentially manslaughter. Enter the Light Phone 2. It\u2019s a primitive device, with a colourless screen and no apps. In a project funded by Indiegogo, thousands of people are set to get the new (old) phone next April. It doesn\u2019t beep at you with notifications, it barely connects to the Internet \u2014 it doesn\u2019t do much of anything. And that\u2019s the point. It\u2019s being promoted as \u201ca phone that actually respects you.\u201d Other companies are also coming out with pared-down versions of cell phones. Nokia, for example, released the 3310, a rebrand of its original cell phone from the early 2000s, affectionately nicknamed \u201cthe brick.\u201d But would you trade in your smartphone for a dumber one? The potential benefits are undeniable \u2014 a 2017 OfficeTeam survey found that the average employee spends 56 minutes of every workday using their phone for non-work activities. But friend or foe, we\u2019re not going to be giving up our smartphones any time soon. We use them to connect with people, we\u2019d be endlessly lost without GPS, and, well, we like them. That being said, switching off your smartphone every once in a while, or leaving it behind and carrying around a second dumb phone in case of emergencies, might not be such a bad idea.