How To Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan To Take Back Your Life
ISBN: 039958112X
EAN13: 9780399581120
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 13, 2018
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.59" H x 6.93" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

It's not you; it's your phone.

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 enable you to take back control of your life.

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, How to Break Up With Your Phone is an essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.

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   Great Read
This book was what I needed in order to even begin thinking how much I use my phone and why I choose to do so often, Sosa said. The first half was very interesting to read and it helped one understand why smart phones can be dangerous when misused as they often are and how they impact our memory, social life, and mental health. The second part equips you with a day by day guide on how to actually break up with your phone, which is great, unless you're someone like me who is not quite ready to make the break up yet. For now, I'm content with my dysfunctional relationship between my phone and I, until I'm fully ready to commit to a serious relationship. However, I have recommended this book to anyone who will listen and I will break up with my phone.
   Author repeats itself
The book could have been written in 20 pages had Frey not died. It's basically a cookie cutter manual fluffed with lots of unnecessary psychology, Raymond said.
   Important and fun - super useful for anyone
That really changed how I think about my phone and technology in general. Technology has helped us speed things up, Mr. Dhaliwal said. At the same time, he said, "context switching and multi-tasking can often be less effective and more draining of the time that is needed to complete the work." The changes I've made in my life are removing social media apps from my phone and replacing them with the mobile browser which I've found to be substantially less addictive. The only issue I encountered was getting lost in my Facebook or Twitter feed and that never happens because the mobile browser is so clunky to use. The second half of the book is devoted to you spending one whole day without tech. It was a normal Saturday at home, but I felt like I was in the middle of a blissful vacation because I had so much energy left over, she said.
   Should be required reading!
The first part of the book explains why we can't stay off our phones. All I could think of was, this makes so much sense and I now know why I'm exhausted and feel like I can't focus and basically have to dumb everything down, she said. The second part of the plan, which deals with creating healthy phone use, helps set boundaries. It really worked for me, and I'm enjoying all the things I used to do, Mr. Booher told the judge. I wrote to her to tell her how awesome her book is via the book's website and she wrote back and mailed me some phone stickers to remind me of what I want to pay attention to. The customer service was excellent and the product was highly recommended.
   Life changing
It's easy to read about some really disturbing things going on here, Sosa said. I really feel sickened at how I've allowed myself to be led on in so many ways, and I feel so much happier, my garden is amazing, my pets are awesome and I call my family. This book really gets you thinking about what it means to be free and how to consider living in a less sheeplike manner. Funny though, that after purchasing the book I immediately got a message from Amazon telling me that I don't have to wait, read this book on your phone right now.
Prior to the book's publication, I had made a concerted effort to cut down on my phone use. Still, he said, there was room for improvement. Very good advice.