I’m reading The Power of Off by Nancy Colier who has a lot of good ideas on how to become less dependent on our smartphones (thanks to an article by Jane Brody in The New York Times).
46% of smartphone users say that their devices are something they can’t live without.
Most people now check their smartphones 150 times a day or every six minutes. I am sure we would deny it.
Colier’s book has a digital detox program which is very timely for parents because we are not helping our children by making them more anti-social and removed from interaction.
- Differentiate between phone use that is needed such as for work, navigation or letting family members know you are okay vs. what is a habit of responding such as posting and other forms of distraction.
- New rule: don’t reach for your phone while eating or spending time with family or friends.
- Add one thing a day that’s done without the phone.
- Become very conscious of what is important to you and devote more time and attention to it.
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Better yet, do without one entirely.
If you return to a simple phone, for emergencies, you'll save money and open up that vault of fresh time you had long ago.
For a while, you won't know what to do with yourself. Then you'll find more and more opportunity to interact with people face to face and share yourself with a cause/someone who needs you.