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Put Your Phone Down For One Hour Each Day

Hannah Wasserman


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!