This thin little book is scary. But cool, scary.
If I could I buy a truckload and leave them in random places instead of church tracts, I would. I think it does more good than those things honestly. Isn’t is frustrating when you are talking to someone and the—- (waiting to finish my sentence until my friend makes eye contact again. Not because her kid just barfed but because her phone beeped). And no that story didn’t happen just like that. It was for entertainment and relatable experience purposes. But still.
You get it right?
Now I forgot what I was saying, so you should definitely read this book review.
How To Break Up With Your Phone, A Book Review
My favorite sections:
I love the Technology Triage in the middle of the book. It gives a step-by-step action plan for actual living with your phone rather than just quitting cold turkey or even detoxing for a week only to get right back on never seeing a real change.
How reading on paper is different than reading from a screen. “Every time we encounter a link, our brains must make a split-second decisions about whether to click on it. These decisions are so frequent and tiny that we often don’t even notice that they’re happening. But we can’t make split-second decisions and think deeply at the same time — the two acts use different and competing brain regions.” So it makes it hard to think deeply, remember what we just read, or are reading right now. Hmmmm….
What the internet is doing to our brains. If you feel overwhelmed when logging on, like some ninja could hijack you at any moment — you may want to read chapter 6. But beware, if you are a blogger, you may experience a slight punch to the gut where we have now found our sweet (or not so sweet spot). There’s plenty of other chapters to explain why apps are designed with so many requirements (click here to go there, now do this, just hop on one foot and pat your head…thhheerreeeee = PRIZE) which would be to get us hooked. This one though, whew. It’s a doozey.
Catherine says, “In his 2010 book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, journalist Nicholas Carr wrote that “if you were to set out to invent a medium that would rewire your mental circuits as quickly and thoroughly as possible, you would probably end up designing something that looks and works a lot like the internet.” She goes on to add, “…if you wanted to weaken our memories and damage our capacity for focus and thought, if you wanted to reduce empathy, encourage self-absorption, and redraw the lines of social etiquette, you’d likely end up with a smartphone.”
Now, I am a glass half full kind of gal (most days) and I am big on using the time you have wisely, so while most of me nods in agreement here, I would have a hard time setting aside things like the smartphone my mother-in-law gave me which I use to take pictures, and my computer which helps me in my line of work (yes, us writers have to take our own stuff somewhat seriously or we never get anywhere). So at the end of the day, Catherine gives us both eye-opening and unsurprising facts. The point is, where are we in life and do we need a change?
One of the studies she shares within her book is that those who had issues multitasking thought they were the best ever #fistbump woohoo. So if we don’t think any change needs to occur how will we take the first step? I think the first step is to read books like this. Ones we may assume we don’t need, sound boring, or do not include us because we are good to go.
By opening our mind up to the realization we don’t know everything and may be able to learn something to help us, we are humbling ourselves and paving the way for our youngers to see the need for this too.
So if you aren’t addicted to your phone, high five.
I am not either BUT. When I DO get on an app, I see how hard it is to pull away unless there’s a timer on it, and I see the way people get suckered into prolonging things, as well as emhmming their kiddos. Just this morning as my son was going out the door, he tried to show me a toy he built and how it worked while I was trying to help my other child get her coat on and out the door. I politely had to put my hand up and explain to him that I really wanted to be able to see this awesome creation he had erected, but that I was not able to focus and didn’t hear what he had already said. He understood and saved it for later.
Take what you will from that story, but definitely, check out Catherine Price’s book. It’s a winner!
Quote Love ♥
“In their quest for happiness, people mistake excitement of the mind for real happiness.” -Sayadaw U Pandita
“We have less time than we realize — but we also have more time than we think. Reclaim the hours you spend on your screens, and you’ll find that your possibilities expand. Maybe you do have time for that class, or book, or dinner…” – Catherine Price
Catherine shares tons of resources in the back of the book from kids/phones to email help where it hides the email numbers and sets a timer! She also shares about Light Phone. Super cool. Check it out if you want to keep your smartphone but don’t want to get distracted while you are out and about.
Fun fact (as my son says):
Apple (the company not the fruit) denied approval of an app that would delay the time it took for an app to open to give people time to change their minds. But when someone was interviewed about it Apple went back and said they had a change of heart. Does this count as gossip? *Points to book* I’m innocent.
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Thank you Ten Speed Press & Crown Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for my review.