We love dessert, but we can’t eat it all day long.
Our phones are our lifeblood, but they also kill relationships, cause distractions and negatively affect our lives.
- Turn off mail and social media at a time you are comfortable with every day (the French don’t do business email after work, it’s the law in France).
- Strictly limit social media – it is the black hole of our digital lives. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks are hard to pull out of once you start scrolling.
- Spend as much time face-to-face with friends as you do with email, texting or social media otherwise your friendships will be compromised.
- Put your phone away. Parents often use their children as an excuse to put their phones on the dinner table. The phone is a tool and not a lifestyle. (Before iPhones only ten years ago, parents would leave contact numbers with sitters and did not check in with them during the evening. That system still works).
- Spend at least one hour a day away from your phone. Yes, you will survive.
Augmented reality and virtual reality are on the way with a new generation of phones coming soon to further divert us from the here and now.
Because the phone is like a dopamine pump in which we have so many ways to check it, swipe it or touch it to get a jolt, it’s time to take serious steps toward keeping these great devices for the advances they bring and not the relationships that they are increasingly killing.
It’s in our hands.
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