People always seem to be reading self-help books. Titles like: Eat to Live. The 4-Hour Body. The Science of Getting Rich. And every business person’s ‘favorite’: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
I do not have enough time to devote to improving myself that much, so I usually consume short articles instead. The last few articles I have scanned have been about putting down technology. Did you know that according to the internet the average smartphone user checks their device 150 times a day?
To try and keep myself average, I have implemented many strategies to minimize the time I am buried in a screen. After work, I now charge my phone far away so I am not tempted to sneak a peek. All notifications have been turned off for the last 5 years. I realized long ago that having a bunch of dings going off from my work email while in the delivery room was not going to endear me to many people.
But sometimes I still find myself aimlessly looking at my phone. I have missed entire conversations with my wife before she realizes I haven’t heard a word. I have been asked by my kids, “Why do you look at your phone so much.”
I really have no answer for them and I have no time to read an entire book to make one up either. I just hope they have an app for that.