Want to Digital Detox But Still Carry Your Phone? Try This

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If you're trying to spend less time in the New Year buried in your phone, but don't worry and don't leave your smartphone in a drawer, here is a practical compromise for a computer teacher.

Cal Newport is a professor at Georgetown University and author of the New York Times bestseller Digital minimalism: choosing a targeted life in a noisy world. In a recent article on his personal blog, he shared the simple but effective advice he gave to his students based on his experience minimizing the use of his smartphone:

Use your smartphone only for the following activities: calls, SMS, maps and audio (songs / podcasts / books).

It may sound simplistic, but what it does is push all the time-consuming and unproductive things from your phone to your computer. If you really want to catch up on what people are doing on Facebook, browse photos on Instagram, or shop on Amazon, you can't just pull out your phone and scroll without thinking about your app of choice in search of entertainment – or rush dopamine to get a good deal on a product that you probably don't need to buy. I'm not talking about my experience there at all.

(Via Lifehacker)

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