4 tips from your phone separation
Now, the world is a bit like a giant sociological experiment.
Here are some of the data to explain my point: 81 percent of people use their cell phones all day, and nearly two thirds of the U.S. checks in five minutes wake up with our phones. The average American checks his or her phone 46 times a day.
It also extends to the workplace: 98% of managers use mobile phones at night and at weekends, and 57% check work information during family outing with children.
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I love technology because my job is made possible by it. I have an online business and a remote team, and social media has given me the opportunity to communicate with people around the world.
In the future, I think we’ll review how we use technology and compare it with smoking. Our technology is addictive because of the way it is designed. Tech companies have done a lot of social good. But they also deliberately seek to hijack your attention and hold it for as long as possible.
In designing products, technology and social media companies take advantage of the most sophisticated studies of behavioral change, persuasion, biochemistry, neuroscience, conditioning and habits.
And the study is clear: all the time it hurts our health. Research shows that checking your work emails can lead to emotional exhaustion, burnout, stress and psychology, gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular problems.
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But there is a simple cure. Just spend more time away from your screen. A harvard study was conducted by a team at the Boston Consulting Group that couldn’t check work emails at night or at weekends. The result? Lower stress levels, more job satisfaction, higher job satisfaction, and productivity.
With notifications popping up, endless rolling applications and emails begging for reading, mastering how to use technology can be almost impossible. But you can take one step at a time.
Here’s how I can better separate.
Download your computer’s rescue time and Moment for the iPhone to see how much time you actually spend on your phone.
• before 7:30 a.m
Sleep in your bedroom with your phone. When you get up in the morning, don’t touch it. Pick up a notebook or a piece of paper and plan the day’s priorities. Once you’ve completed your 30-minute plan, you can check your phone.
• progress, not productivity.
• the telephone is from the table.
When you pull a plug around someone else. If someone calls, politely ask him or her to put it out of sight. No phone calls from dinner tables or family gatherings. Studies have shown that a phone on the desk is distracting, even if it’s not theirs.