How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone–but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up–and then make up–with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.
My thoughts on this book:
Feeling bored or anxious? Check your email. Nothing there? Check social media. Not satisfied? Check a different social media account. And then maybe another one. Like a couple posts. Follow some new people. Check to see if those people followed you back. Maybe go look at your email again, just in case.
As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to grab it. I’ve known for quite some time that my phone takes too much attention away from my life, but getting to a healthy balance has always been an issue. As soon as I began reading just the first few pages, my eyes were wide and glued. I’m one of those people who usually have my phone in hand right before sleep and it’s the first thing I grab in the morning. Can I live without my smartphone? Hmm…
This book is split into two parts. Part 1 helps you evaluate your phone usage now and how many of us could use a digital detox. The author discusses why our phones are so addicting, the dangers of social media and how it’s depressing us, how our phones are changing our brains and killing our attention spans, memory, sleep, and our lives in general. One statement in the book that really hit me discusses time and how much time we lose because of our smartphones. Not only that, it’s brings attention to how fast time seems to fly while we’re on our smartphones. This is something I’ve noticed. Has anyone else experienced this?
Each chapter shares a quote, Most of which are thought-provoking. Many of the quotes just reiterate things we already know but choose to ignore.
Even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. – John Lanchester.
Part 2 is the 30-day plan which teaches you how to end your dysfunctional relationship with your phone. It’s chock-full of tips and also includes a list of recommended resources to aid you on your journey.
Now, before you get your panties in a bunch, this book ISN’T against smartphones, in fact, it’s written to help us use our phones in a more healthful manner. The author mentions more than once that smartphones are convenient tools, and she teaches us that rather than throw out the good with the bad, just find a healthy balance.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039958112X
- ISBN-13: 978-0399581120
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