A meditation teacher’s 5 tips for breaking your screen addiction once and for all


We really enjoyed this article by Jon Krop (Via Up Worthy) about how we can train ourselves to better deal with our addiction to technology. As he writes…

“Smartphones are amazing — I barely remember life before the poop emoji — but it’s time to admit that we have a bit of a problem. Think about the last time you had dinner with a friend, and she got up to go to the bathroom. Be honest: Did you reach for your phone? Was there something specific you needed to look at, or was it just a reflex”

As Jon quite rightly argues, “Most of us are addicted to distraction. It’s as if going a single second without something to occupy our minds would be intolerable. There’s a compulsion to fill the empty space with something to read, watch, listen to, eat, etc. This is a very old human problem. Scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal nailed it back in the 17th century: “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”

Much as the work of MIT’s Sherry Turtle has identified, as individuals and as a society we will increasingly need to seek ways to evolve our behaviors to reflect this addiction. Krop offers up 5 ideas…

1. The next time you take the subway, try not to pull out your phone, a book, or any other distraction from the time you board until you reach the next stop. 

2. When you need to walk somewhere, experiment with leaving your headphones in your pocket.

3. Let’s keep it real: You probably read on the toilet.

4. Make your morning device-free.

5. Speaking of notifications, do you really need to hear about it every time someone Snap-grams your Yik Yak? (I’m old.)

Prepared to try them out and share your feedback with us!

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