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A plan for treating Smartphone addiction

Why allowing for unmediated and idle moments in our lives is essential.

Zack Hayhurst
Mar 10, 2016 · 7 min read

  • Don’t take a phone into meetings. Workplace cohesion is built on trust and a sense of camaraderie. This is achieved slowly and through interpersonal interaction. The time just before a meeting starts, and everyone is waiting, is the best moment to further develop a work relationship with a colleague. Don’t waste that opportunity while staring at your phone.
  • Don’t use a phone while driving. This should be obvious for safety reasons, so don’t do it. Even while stopped.
  • Experience moments of brilliance through your eyes, not your phone. Next time you are at an event or experiencing some awesome moment of beauty (i.e., concerts, fireworks displays, sunsets, etc.), and you feel the need to capture it and share it with the outside world, resist the urge and just experience the moment for yourself and with those around you. Besides, concerts and fireworks never look that great on video anyway. No one’s ever that impressed by it. I promise.
  • Go for a walk without your phone. Before or after work one day, when the weather is nice, leave your phone behind and take a short 20-minute walk in your neighborhood. I all but guarantee you will discover something you didn’t know was there before.
  • Watch a movie at home without being on your phone. Again, this seems silly in a way that I even have to say this, but we all do it. Are you really watching a movie when half the time you’re not actually watching it?

Zack Hayhurst

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Creative director at an arts non-profit. Lay comedian. Exploring the curiosities and conundrums of the digital age.