When it comes down to it, the only real difference between the two devices is the phone, so why on earth would you want to handicap yourself and not have a phone…?
Because it creates what is called a “positive constraint”.
The idea is that by taking away something (i.e. your ability to make and receive phone calls and text messages) you force yourself into behaviors that are beneficial over the short and long term of your life.
By eliminating the phone, you eliminate the distraction and interruption of calls, text and internet on demand, and you're forced to pay attention to what’s going on around you, which creates space for creativity.
All the calls and text messages are never a true emergency anyway, so you’re not missing anything.
It pains me to see how attached people are to their fucking phones. You’ll see people out for dinner with their significant other, and they’ll interrupt the meal to answer a call or answer a text.
Next time you’re at the gym, look around at all the people on their phones.
It’s almost as if they’re on a leash and their phone is walking them around all day. And yes I know an iPod touch and an iPhone look identical but come on, in 99.9% of cases it’s a phone.
Oh ya, and wifi is pretty much everywhere whether it be coffee shops or malls so access applications like maps for example is generally never a problem.
At the end of day, it isn’t about an iPod vs an iPhone, but more a case for spending time away from your phone.
I do realize that in todays day and age you can’t have ZERO phone, so one practical recommendation is to actually have both an iPod touch and an iPhone. That’s what I have.
Keep your phone turned off for the majority of the day, and carry your iPod around for apps, etc.
Do this for 30 days and you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished.