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Put Your Phone Down For One Hour Each Day

Hannah Wasserman

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By being too attached to our various screens, we are losing the ability to connect with others. Take the challenge and put down your phone. Choose a dedicated "no technology hour" each day, put down your phone/computer/tablet, and have a conversation with a friend. Your ability to connect with others is a muscle you need to work, so like going to the gym, make detaching from technology part of your regular routine.

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  • Ayako Ezaki

    I made myself a "no phone in the bedroom" rule (other than setting it on airplane mode and using it only as an alarm clock), as well as "no being busy with the phone unless I need to use it" rule - when I'm with someone, I'm present with that someone and not thinking about looking something up on the phone. Smart phones are handy little tools and sometimes I need them - for looking up directions, for example - but I try to remind myself that just because you can do (tweet, like, browse, etc.) something you don't need to.

  • Hannah Kim

    This is such a good idea! I always leave my phone at home when I work out and it helps me focus on exercising and getting in the zone. I've also found that when I'm truly enjoying myself and immersing myself in a situation, I don't feel the need to check my phone. I feel like continually checking my phone just wastes my time and keeps me from observing the world around me and truly engaging with the present.

  • Erykah St.Louis

    Isn't it crazy how this is a real struggle for many of us? How did we get here?? I guess since we rely on our digital devices so much this shouldn't be a big surprise. "No technology hour" here we come!

    • Hannah Wasserman

      I know! I remember when I got my first Nokia brick phone and I was just begging for people to text me-- never thought that little piece of technology would become so consuming.

  • nick tuck

    this is going to be embarrassingly difficult but i'm going to persevere

    • Hannah Wasserman

      haha for me too! It's crazy, I have to be really, really intentional about it. I literally have been hiding my phone in weird places so I don't hear it light up for vibrate. Stay strong!

  • Lindsey Smith

    Yes, such a great idea! When I was travelling with no service, I felt healthier and happier after not checking my phone for days!