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Take Steps to Disconnect from Your Mobile Device

Stef McDonald

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You know what we're talking about. During dinner, whether you're home or in a restaurant, place it away from reach. Don't tweet when you're engaged in a conversation with someone. Don't try to discreetly Instagram a photo during a meeting. Our mobile devices offer convenience and connectivity. But they can also be crutches. Make the right choice for you, whether it's setting it to vibrate, shutting it off, changing the settings so you are only notified when absolutely necessary (you know what that means).

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  • Andrew Holets

    I get home from work, turn my phone on Airplane Mode, plug it in the charger and let it charge the rest of the night. Since it's on Airplane Mode, I'm not drawn to check for text messages, e-mail or use any wifi-connected apps. Plus, the battery charges faster, so I don't have to worry about it running out of power when I am using it during the work day for things like ACTUAL work. This has helped me cut out the maddening act of holding and checking a phone during the precious few evening hours I have at home.

  • Ernest Barbaric

    You must have heard about the lunch phone tower game: Everyone stacks their phones in the middle of the table - first person to answer while the lunch is still on - picks up the tab.