Is It Time For A Smartphone Detox?

Is your smartphone a productivity tool, or trap? A little bit of both, it seems.

Columnist Julian Hayes wrote about spending 60 days without his smartphone, and chronicled what he learned about life, mental well-being and the powers of observation when he wasn’t tethered to an electronic device.

Most of us aren’t going to replicate his experiment any time soon, but here’s some serious smartphone food for thought.

According to Hayes, adults ages 18 to 33 checked their smartphones 85 times a day on average, or once every 10 minutes, spending over 5 hours per day on their phones. Just imagine what that does to your productivity at work, and how it affects the quality of your relationships with friends and family?

Even if you’re not prepared to go cold turkey for 2 months, consider some of Hayes’ other suggestions, like ditching your smartphone one day a week, or setting it aside when you walk in the door at home.

The bottom line, says Hayes: “Nothing beats true face-to-face human contact.”

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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