A smart, irreverent guide that draws from addiction and neuroplasticity research to present a concrete action plan for breaking your phone addiction and approaching technology's role in your life more mindfully.
Today, most of us find it hard to get through a meal or even an elevator ride without wanting to pull out our phones. Yet recent studies have shown that spending extended time on our phones affects our ability to form new memories, think deeply, focus, and absorb what we read--and the hormones that are triggered every time we hear our phones buzz both add to our stress levels and are the hallmark signs of addiction. In How to Break Up with Your Phone, science journalist Catherine Price explores the effects that our constant connectivity is having on our brains, bodies, relationships, and society at large. Then, she walks readers through what she calls the "break-up" period, helping them to identify their goals and priorities, tidy their apps, prune their email, and take time away. Lastly, she shows readers how to create new, healthier relationships with their phones and establish habits and routines to make these new relationships stick. In the end, readers will be more mindful not only of how they use their phones, but also about how they choose to spend the moments of their lives.
"A slim, insight-packed volume that's both a primer on the toll smartphone overuse can take on our mental and physical health, and a practical manual for a 30-day reset designed to put you on a path to moderation, this is a book whose message couldn't feel more timely, or more urgent. (No, really: after finishing the whole thing in one horrified sitting, I immediately pre-ordered 3 more copies for friends and family.)"
-- Sarah Karnasiewicz, Health
." . . Price dissects the way her phone has impacted her personal and professional lives, and gives practical advice on how to forge a healthier relationship with technology -- without the fear mongering."
"The most important book I've read in years. Life-changing."
-- Sali Hughes, The Pool
." . . could be one of the most important books to be published in recent times."
." . .a comprehensive, step-by-step solution to spending less time with your phone and more time doing the things you love."
"To design a more joyful life includes reframing some of our old perceptions and habits. Almost no single thing in modern life deserves a reframe more than the smartphone. In How To Break Up with Your Phone, Price offers an accessible and clever way to accomplish that reframe and discover more time and energy for a better life."
-- Dave Evans, coauthor of Designing Your Life and adjunct lecturer in the Product Design Program, Stanford University
"Price's book is an invaluable guide of how--in the author's own words--to turn your phone back into a tool, not a temptation. In these dopamine-drenched days of the smartphone era, hours can be lost to the mindless scroll. Price's easily digestible tome is practical, not preachy, and a must-have for even the worst phubber."
-- Pandora Sykes, journalist and former Fashion Features Editor at The Sunday Times Style
"Fascinating, entertaining and extremely timely. Your phone is an abusive partner--get rid now."
-- Will Storr, author of Selfie