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People Switching To Dumbphones To Fight Phone Addiction

Jun 13 2024 Share

Adults and teenagers concerned about excessive screen time are opting for simpler “dumbphones” instead of smartphones.

Many people realise their smartphone use has become an obsession, driven by social media’s Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).

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In the UK, Ofcom research indicates that around 25% of children aged five to seven have their own smartphones, raising concerns about the impact on mental health.

Some campaigners advocate for age limits on smartphone use. Parents are also opting for dumbphones to stay present with their families. Sales of these low-tech devices are rising in North America.

Stores like Dumbwireless in Los Angeles cater to parents seeking simple phones for their kids to avoid internet distractions. However, challenges persist as some schools require apps, and peer pressure for expensive smartphones remains strong.

Solutions like the “unpluq” device can wirelessly block certain apps, helping manage usage.

Companies like Techless are developing sleek yet basic phones, such as the “Wisephone II,” designed to minimize distractions and promote a tranquil experience.

These phones offer limited third-party tools without social media, encouraging users to prioritize their well-being.

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Sunny & Hot Weather Expected For This Weekend

Sunny & Hot Weather Expected For This Weekend
Jun 13 2024 Share

A sunny and hot weekend is to be expected following a rather cloudy (but hot) Thursday.

Temperatures are set to climb to at least 32 degrees Celsius by this Sunday 16th June, with the weather expected to be sunny all the way through.

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Rather weird weather patterns have been noted as low late, with Thursday notably bringing in cloudy weather and a 65% chance of rain.

What do you think? Will you be hitting the beach this weekend?

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Local Icon Freddie Portelli Sings At Childhood School

Local Icon Freddie Portelli Sings At Childhood School
Jun 13 2024 Share

The students and parents at the Maria Regina College – St Paul’s Bay Primary were treated to a musical surprise during the Kindergarten’s concert – a visit and concert by Freddie Portelli.

The local icon performed some of his best hits for the kids, teachers and parents, but also got to relive some of the many beautiful memories he had during his time at the school.

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Portelli was born in St Paul’s Bay back in 1944 and has created some of the most well known tracks the Maltese are familiar with – including ‘Viva Malta’ and ‘Mur Ħallini.’

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Joseph Muscat Back In Court Today

Joseph Muscat Back In Court Today
Jun 13 2024 Share

Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has returned for another court sitting today which, according to Magistrate Montebello, should not extend beyond 3pm.

The first court case in regards to Joseph Muscat and the Vitals controversy lasted up to nine hour, with another session the following day dragging on for 11.

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The former PM refused to give any comments to reporters, with former chief of staff Keith Schembri and former minister Konrad Mizzi also entering court for the sitting.

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