XXX Church says old phones offer benefits — like lack of access to Internet and porn

Nowadays, people are all scrambling to get their hands on the fastest and sleekest gadgets around, and old models are simply tossed aside without second thought.

However, XXX Church—an online ministry geared to helping people who have porn and sex addiction problems—believes that old phones actually offer several benefits to users.

"You probably wouldn't know it by looking, but most of the people you encounter today have instant access to just about all the porn ever made. Ask them and they'll most likely deny it; not because they're trying to hide it but because they probably aren't aware. It's on their smartphone," Paul Robinson writes on the ministry's website.

Robinson is speaking from experience because he used to boast of "all the porn they could ever dream of" on his smartphone. Because of this, he decided to downgrade his phone.

"I found an old Nokia 2310 I had forgotten about and decided to dust it off, plug in the large charger, and give it some time to come out of hibernation. It was a beautiful blue device that allowed me unlimited access to calls, texts, a dim light, and hours of addiction to the game 'snake.' It served me well and I actually took some pride in taking it out to check a message that came in three parts," he shares.

What's even better about his old Nokia is that it keeps him from accessing porn. Robinson agrees that the old phone has its downside, too, since he could not easily Google anything, check movie times, his social media sites, and his e-mails. But he is comforted by the fact that porn is out of his reach.

"That was a reward worth sacrificing everything else for," he says. "In some ways, the lack of porn was a good thing as it helped me to heal and recover from some of those old desires for porn. In other ways, though, I discovered that I just tried to find it in other places, like on my laptop and even on a few times, considering going old-school and buying a magazine."

Robinson says he still had to be careful, but overall, he felt safe and free knowing that "a significant avenue to porn had been shut off."

There were other benefits from downgrading his smartphone, too, Robinson learns. Aside from blocked porn access, he was "truly present" for the first time in years.

"I learned to listen better. I found enjoyment when I was unshackled from the urge to go online. I concentrated better and slowly and gradually lost the 'need' to be connected 24/7," he admits.

Best of all, Robinson felt more connected with himself and he was able to focus on healing his porn addiction instead of simply going online and fuelling his addiction further.

"Sometimes freedom is found in putting certain restrictions on where we go, what we use, or how much time we spend online. Yet we should view these tools not as behavioural controls that we must obey for the rest of our lives, but as a way to give us time off social media, Google, or porn," he says.