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Your Phone Can Lead To Deep Trouble

Your Phone Can Lead To Deep Trouble

Several studies show a relationship between heavy smartphone use and negative effects such as neuroticism, self-esteem, depression, impulsivity, self-identity, empathy, and sleep problems.

Smartphones engage in disruptive behaviors that have traditionally been performed only by extremely annoying people. What’s more, they give us access to the entire internet. And, unlike previous technologies, we keep them near us at all times.

Smartphones and other digital products not only have neurological effects but are explicitly designed to trigger them.


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Your Phone Is Changing Your Brain

Your Phone Is Changing Your Brain

  • Your brain is constantly changing, and your smartphone is accelerating the change. Through thought and practice, we can change the structure and function of our brains.
  • When we are using our phones, we are in a state of focused distraction. A state that is particularly good at creati...


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Putting The Dope In Dopamine

Putting The Dope In Dopamine

To maximize the amount of time that we spend on our phones, designers manipulate our brain chemistry in ways that create addictive behaviors.

Many of the techniques that they use involve a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is central to motivation, and its release is what makes us excited....


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Week 4: Your New Relationship

Week 4: Your New Relationship

  1. Day 22: Trial separation recap: Reflect on your trial separation and see what you’ve learned.
  2. Day 23: Phast: Practice turning your phone off occasionally.
  3. Day 24: Manage your invitations.  Stop, and meditate when you feel the...


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Week 2: Changing Your Habits

Week 2: Changing Your Habits

  1. Day 8: Say no to notifications: Turn all notifications on your phone off except call and messaging.
  2. Day 9: The life-changing magic of tidying app: Tidy your apps based on two criteria: steal your time and improve your daily life.
  3. Day 10: Change where you charge.  If you charg...


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Week 1 Of The Break Up: Technology Triage

Week 1 Of The Break Up: Technology Triage

This action plan should be spread out over the course of 30 days, divided in four weeks:

  1. Day 1: Download a tracking app: A tracking app will tell you how many hours you spend on your phone
  2. Day 2: Assess your current relationship with your phone.
  3. Day 3: Start paying atte...


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The Sleep Disruption Problem

The Sleep Disruption Problem

You’ve probably heard this one before — about how the blue light given off by your phone can wreak havoc on your sleep patterns. Your brain needs to identify the absence of blue light in order to produce the sleep hormone melatonin? And because melatonin is what regulates your sleep cycle and tel...


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Selling Our Attention

Selling Our Attention

Your attention is what gets sold on Social Media. Every moment we spend on social media is attention spent making money for someone else.

The unfortunate thing about this is that attention is the most valuable thing we have. In other words, we experience that which we pay a...


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The Tricks Of The Trade

The Tricks Of The Trade

To hook users on their products, social media apps rely on the power of intermittent reinforcements.

Intermittent reinforcements are variable reinforcements that are always new and surprising.

Smartphones also tap into our fear of missing out (FOMO). ...


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The Reason To Break Up

The Reason To Break Up

Although we’re well aware of the dangers of certain types of tech habits, what could simply checking our phones hurt?

We might not realize it, but each time we compulsively check our phones, we’re programming ourselves to develop a technology addiction, one that can start our innocent and d...


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Week 3: Reclaiming Your Brain

Week 3: Reclaiming Your Brain

  1. Day 15: Stop, breathe and be: When tempted to reach for your phone, stop what you are doing, take a slow breath, and feel what you are experiencing.
  2. Day 16: Practice pausing: Practice pausing before you reach out for...


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Paying deliberate attention to your moment-to-moment experience also gives you more fodder for memories that don’t involve your phone.



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How To Take Back Your Life

How To Take Back Your Life

The damage that smartphones do to our brains is reversible. You can improve your concentration, rebuild your attention span and improve your memories.

The first step to taking back your life is to practice mindfulness. Practice paying attention to how your cravings feel emo...


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If your brain learns that checking your phone usually results in a reward, it won’t take long before your brain releases dopamine any time it’s reminded of your phone.



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The Problem With Multitasking

The Problem With Multitasking

  • Studies show that the more we use social media, the less happy we become.
  • Humans are terrible at multitasking. Even those who believe that they are great at multitasking are not. Our brains can only process one cognitively demanding task at a time.
  • Multitasking is not only ex...


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The more you practice being mindful, the more it becomes obvious that your brain has a mind of its own



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Once you’re aware of the motives behind social media platforms— namely, attention stealing and information gathering—you’ll begin to notice how these motives are incorporated into their designs.



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