SEC Unfiltered: Why Georgia's Stetson Bennett IV smartly ditched smartphone for flip phone

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett departs for Indianapolis ahead of Monday’s National Championship game against Alabama on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 in Athens.
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett departs for Indianapolis ahead of Monday’s National Championship game against Alabama on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 in Athens.

Welcome to SEC Unfiltered, the USA TODAY NETWORK's daily newsletter on SEC football. Today, SEC columnist Blake Toppmeyer takes over:

Stetson Bennett IV's cell phone can make calls. And it can send texts. And not much else.

The Georgia quarterback, looking to limit distractions this season, ditched his smartphone and bought a Verizon flip phone last summer.

"I was like, 'I spend an hour on my smartphone a day, doing what? Doing nothing – nothing that's going to help me," Bennett said Saturday.

"I was like, 'Well, I've got all this stuff to do, all this important stuff. Let's try not to let anything get in the way of that focus and just go get a flip phone.'"

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Bennett is onto something, of course, much to the chagrin of Apple and Samsung, no doubt.

Most of us waste time every day on our smartphones, which eats into our productivity.

Smartphones are handy devices. I use mine to listen to music on Pandora and Spotify, and GPS apps help me navigate while I'm on the road. I consider those apps useful additions to my life.

But I also waste countless hours scrolling Twitter, surfing the internet or playing the card game Spades on my iPhone. Unless a Professional Spades Tour launches, those are wasted hours.

Bennett has a tablet and a laptop for his more techy needs, and he credits his phone transition with helping him improve time management – although he admits he misses one app, in particular.

"I have to carry a notepad to write down stuff, because I used my Notes app a lot, back in the day," Bennett said.

If No. 3 Georgia (13-1) beats No. 1 Alabama (13-1) in the national championship on Monday (7 p.m. CT, ESPN) in Indianapolis, maybe Bennett can celebrate with a game of Snake.

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Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the USA TODAY Network. Email him at BToppmeyer@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer. If you enjoy Blake’s coverage, consider a digital subscription that will allow you access to all of it.

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