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Kill your phone
Escaping smartphone addiction
Someone once said your phone is a bad tenant. I think about that a lot.
Five things to share:
The smartphone is one of the greatest inventions of our time. It provides 24/7/365 access to the internet, allowing us to connect with people from all around the globe, get directions to any place, and access vast entertainment options, all the while fitting in the palm of our hand. Unfortunately, the smartphone can also be a bottomless, endless, inexhaustible distraction tool. Kill your phone is an approach to rescuing your time and attention to devote them to valuable pursuits instead.
Why do our mobile virtual homes take precedence over our real physical homes? Does our obsessive digital habits make us less interactive and engaging with real people? Are we becoming less human and morphing into smombies (smartphone zombies)? And if so, what can we do to learn to look up again?
A quote I want to share with you:
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
— Pablo Picasso
Anxiety sets in. Time is lost. You wonder what just happened. You have tried all the popular ways to limit phone usage, but nothing truly sticks. Solve the problem once and for all: Kill Your Phone Addiction with 4 Settings, 1 Hair Band, and a Post-It Note.
An exercise for you: On a piece of paper or a digital tool, make three columns. On the first column, write a list of the things you love/appreciate about your smartphone use. On the second column, write a list of things you don’t like about your smartphone use. On the third column, write ideas for changing the things you don’t like about your smartphone use. Why? It’s important to be consciously aware of our relationship with a tool that requires a lot of our time and attention on a day-to-day basis.
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