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How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life Paperback – February 13, 2018
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"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."—Refinery29
"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."—9Honey
"A comprehensive, step-by-step solution to spending less time with your phone and more time doing the things you love."—Booklist
"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
From the Author
- Publisher : Ten Speed Press (February 13, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 039958112X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399581120
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nor really did I until I read this book, and now ALL of it makes perfect sense. First of all, I got it because I was convinced it would tell me I'm not addicted to my phone, and while that is mostly true, it became glaringly apparent that I still have nervous tics surrounding my phone. And second of all, I got it hoping it would shed some light on why so much of my intense anxiety surrounds my phone, but it did far more than that. "Shed some light" is an understatement, and I found the lengths that people go through to make phones addictive to be disturbing and shocking to put it mildly.
For instance, did you know that apps are carefully designed to give you a rush of endorphins at the exact right moment, to keep you from closing out of them, carefully leading you on for hours at a time? Because I certainly didn't. I don't mean it's a side-effect of an app. I mean that they design them that way.
And as for all the anxiety I've had surrounding my phone, I finally have my answers. I'm not crazy. It wasn't in my head that my phone made all my anxieties worse, specifically my frazzled emotions, and inability to feel calm. But if there was any one thing that shocked me the most while reading this book, it was the realization that even I, who still to this day puts my phone into airplane mode, has a mild smartphone addiction. Even I do. And if that is possible, considering how strong my aversion is sometimes to my phone, then what in the world are these phones doing to others?
Nothing good, I'll tell you that much. This book was an incredible find for me, and I'd recommend it to literally everyone in the world who owns a smartphone.
Funny though, that after purchasing the book I immediately got a message saying "you don't have to wait, read this book on your phone right now"
The book is broken down into 2 sections - The Wake Up and The Break Up. The Wake Up goes into how phones are so addictive, how they can harm memory and attention span, etc. The Break Up is essentially a 30 day challenge where you do one thing each day, with the goal of ultimately creating a healthier relationship with your phone. After reading the book in 2 short days, I decided that to get the most out of it, I needed to do the 30 day challenge. It exceeded my expectations!
I really appreciated how the author, Catherine Price, isn't telling us phones are bad. She says they are incredible tools that can help lead to richer and more fulfilling lives, if used appropriately. She isn't telling us not to use our phones, but is instead giving us tools that allow us to make the choice of when/how to use our phone a conscious one...rather than the addictive habit that phone usage can so easily become. I would strongly recommend this book to any smartphone user, and I've already purchased an additional copy for my brother.
On a side note, I reached out to the author directly and actually heard back! She was friendly, encouraging, and very thankful.
Also worth noting is I reached out to the author for a post I'm writing about this book on my blog (While I Was Reading) and she was friendly and willing to answer questions.
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This book is a life changer. You’ll read it with a hanging open jaw and not only will you drastically reduce your phone time but you’ll want to tell others too. I bought a copy for one friend and had another friend frostily tell me she didn’t need it.
I knew the phone memorized me. I would go on social media and just click until I was partly hypnotized. I would engage with strangers and get trolled and come off Facebook angry and stressed. I would sleep badly and yes - use it within seconds of getting up. Miss tv programmes because I was clicking and most of all lose my creativity and forget things. It’s a terrible instrument which we can use for us rather than be used BY it. So buy this and be prepared to be stunned. Then enjoy all the free time you will find yourself with. I do extra exercise and read. Really? Well I have freed up about 21 hours a week! Surely not??!!!!! Yes 7 x 3 hours a day! I now use it sparingly and for a conscious reason.
Unfortunately phones are incredibly addictive and one finds oneself scrolling purely out of habit or boredom. They steal hours of ones day and one thinks what has one actually achieved or done.
There are a few nuggets of practical information in here I wasn't aware of such as using greyscale or app blockers that helped a lot in me reducing phone use. I didn't follow the 30 day guide but incorporated a few bits in there and pencil in evenings and days where I don't use my phone. It is very freeing to step away from it.
But the reality is that all of those blockers can be undone as quickly as they are installed. Its easy to slip back into the endless world of twitter. For me, twitter is the greatest source of information on the internet if used wisely, and its quite difficult to unplug from that.
For me, the better parts of the book focus more on the psychological side of things. I get terrible FOMO from not using twitter and seeing deeper insights that one doesn't see in the mainstream media. But as Catherine Price rightly points out, what about the FOMO on real life? Or playing sports, walking etc which is much more real. Ultimately the internet is boring and unfulfilling compared to real life. It's these psychological tricks, along with the adblockers etc, that will help one reduce ones phone use on average.
I was shocked at my own behaviour and it was a wake-up call.
Got the book today and sat down and read it from cover to cover.
I am going to gift it to others too, it’s such an important read.
Thank you for writing this, it’s life-changing!