I’m Breaking Up
A decade into the smart phone revolution, mobile devices have become ubiquitous. Raising the first generation of ‘digital natives’ has many challenges, and one of the biggest is modeling the tech behaviors that you preach.
This November, I have decided to break up with my phone. Don’t worry, you can still reach me by phone or text — and you may still see a social media post or two, especially from chick*u*do.
My goal is not only to become more aware of my patterns but also to think about how using my phone makes me feel. How often am I mindlessly scrolling my social feeds to avoid work? How does reading the news right before bed affect the quality of my sleep? How anxious will I get if I avoid my phone for the first hour of each day?
Guided by Catherine Price’s easy to follow tips in How to Break Up with Your Phone, I installed an app called Moment which tracks usage. So far volume of time hasn’t been an issue for me, but I am blown away by the number of times I simply pick up my phone. It’s no wonder that my attention span keeps shrinking!
Can you even imagine how this technology is affecting our kids’ brains?
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And if anyone wants to borrow a highly annotated version of How to Break Up with Your Phone, give me a call. If I don’t pick up right away, I promise I’ll get back to you soon!