For many of us, smartphones have become our constant companions. And they have become an important lifeline as we navigate how to stay connected in the “new normal.”
They’re in our hands as soon as we wake up. They accompany us throughout our days with endless distractions like email, texts, and breaking news alerts. And they are with us as we lull ourselves to sleep.
If this constant connection is in the way of completing important work or nurturing meaningful relationships (your love life included), you’re not alone.
In a New York Times op-ed, author and computer scientist Cal Newport argues that our unhealthy attachment to our devices is far from what Steve Jobs, the visionary behind one of the first smartphones, had in mind. The original iPhone was intended to do just a few things well like help us listen to music, place calls, and find directions. That’s it.
But instead of providing a few basic functions that improved our lives, we now have an always-on constant companion that provides access to endless streams of information and apps that capture our attention, but ultimately leave us dissatisfied and wanting more of what can’t satisfy us.
5 Tips for Improving Your Relationship with Your Smartphone
So how do you change your relationship with your smartphone? Start with these tips:
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Meico Marquette Whitlock helps changemakers create work-life and tech-life balance so they can do their best work better while living their best lives. He is the founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, author of the Intention Planner, and a trained mindfulness facilitator. He has worked with organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cigna, and Greenpeace, and has been a featured speaker on ABC News, Fox 5, Radio One. Through speaking, training, and coaching, he facilitates transformative experiences that foster wellbeing in a hyperconnected and distracted world. He’s a former triathlete, loves salsa dancing, and makes the world’s best vegan chili!
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