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Hold the phone!

Posted: December 13, 2012 - 6:00 PM ET - by Elisabeth

Are you tied to your smartphone 24/7?

Maybe you’ve used it to look up some statistics about our obsessive-compulsive relationship with our phones …40% of Americans have checked their phone while on the toilet … 30% of our British friends would rather give up sex than go a week without their phones … 50% of Americans sleep with their phone next to them … 66% percent of us suffer from “nomophobia” – a fear of being without our mobile phone.

Maybe you’ve even read the research that says our brains aren’t really wired to be constantly engaged and technology is changing our personalities. We multitask ineffectively … post narcissistically … withdraw from face-to-face interaction … act and react more rudely based on a perception of anonymity.

Have you asked yourself what’s so important? Why it’s so urgent? How it’s impacting your priorities (your work and the time with family and friends, not to mention going to the bathroom and sex)?

Have you asked yourself whether you manage your technology or it manages you!

  1. I can’t say I disagree with the premise – the idea that we are too overcome with our phones and too often find ourselves lost in the ILLUSION of “connected,” shrouded in a truer inability to focus and HONESTLY engage…however…

    …I also recognize the hypocrisy of posting this comment…via my cell phone…

    (And…scene.)

    Comment by Jeff McMahon — December 14, 2012 @ 9:37 am

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