Janey Litvin, Lisa Eggert Litvin

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Stories From Main Street: Catching Up With The Teen Who Gave Up Her iPhone

July 29, 2018 - 12:00 am

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Janey Litvin from Hastings-on-Hudson is not a typical teenager.

“I gave up my iPhone for a purple Motorola flip phone from 2008. I always think of the iPhone – it was bombarding me with like group texts and notifications from Instagram and Snapchat. It was really overwhelming,” Litvin said.

Litvin gave up her iPhone two years ago, when she was 16.

“When I gave it up for the flip phone, there was kind of a sense of peace, because I wasn’t being bombarded 24/7. It was more of like, if I need somebody, I’ll call them, and they’ll call me, which I think is just all and all a much more effective form of communication than using like four different social media platforms on texting,” she said.

In this edition of “Stories from Main Street,” WCBS 880’s Sean Adams wanted to find out if Litvin stuck with the old flip.

She did – until last fall.

“My poor, dear old flip phone broke,” she said.

Litvin lost all of her contacts. So she inherited her mother’s old iPhone 4.

Janey Litvin's iPhone
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“It has an operating system from caveman years. I’m not really sure where it’s from. But it can’t take any apps or anything, so I use it for the purpose of having contacts that I won’t lose, and really, other than that, just being able to text and call,” she said. “I can’t really do much else on it, because it doesn’t allow me to.”

Janey Litvin's iPhone
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The iPhone 4 does not have email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or any other apps or social media.

Litvin is still social media-free, which was a little tricky during her first year of college. But she still made friends.

Mom Lisa Eggert Litvin is proud of her daughter.

“For her independence, for not being afraid of how she’s seen and for picking a path that is just healthier and makes more sense, and one that I think we all wish that we could do as well,” Eggert Litvin said.

“It’s so important to be able to have a conversation, and how to have relationships independent of social media and an iPhone,” her daughter added.