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  • Sue Li

    I can definitely relate with this writer's experience....I used to wonder how people could check their phones endlessly, and now, I actively remind myself that I really don't need to be on my phone at certain times. And it's quite refreshing when I'm able to simply focus on experiencing what is happening before me.

  • Lee Fatone

    Great post. When I was teaching I saw a lot of schools enforcing a strict "no phones" policy. Which, in my opinion, is just silly. Rather than denying students access to technology, wouldn't it be more productive to teach them how to use it appropriately? And not just in terms of functionality, but also appropriate use of technology in social settings (e.g. dinner).

  • Jelena Woehr

    I'm reading the book "Focus," by Daniel Goleman, and I've come to the conclusion from his writings that the really important thing here is not to resist the advancement of mobile (and wearable, and pretty soon brain wave controlled) technology, but to incorporate focus training and open discussion of impulse control into our culture with a conscious understanding of the effect that an ever-more connected world increases the temptation not to be mindful and present in the moment. If I had kids, I'd love to send them to a school where they'd do even five or ten minutes of sitting silently and focusing on a positive intention every morning. The influence of electric light has had just as many negative impacts on everything from relationships to sleep schedules, but it's just not practical to suggest rejecting electric light altogether and going to sleep when the sun sets. It's becoming just as culturally impractical to stay away from smartphones for very long, but I have to think that technology can probably solve some of the problems it creates, too. Maybe an app to install a "dinner mode" where the phone doesn't send or receive any data except calls/texts from a set of "could be an emergency" numbers (e.g. the elderly parents, the babysitter, etc.) so people can avoid distractions from Facebook/Twitter, without having the anxiety that comes from feeling like they're unreachable for important things?

    • Morf Morford

      How about a philosophy of 'please put down that phone and look at me'...As much as I love technology & social media, there's nothing quite like a responsive human face in front of me.