Book Title: How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
Author: Catherine Price
Genres: Self Help, Non Fiction
Published: February 13th 2018 by Ten Speed Press
Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone–but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.
Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up–and then make up–with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.
You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.
“[W]e must act, individually and collectively, to make our attention our own again, and so reclaim ownership of the very experience of living.” —Tim Wu, The Attention Merchants
So, I put the suspense thrillers down for a moment and picked up a book on a topic that I feel many of us need to consider. One of my resolutions this year is to do less—especially when it comes to things that offer negative contributions to my life. One of those things is, you guessed it, screen time. Truth be told, our wireless devices have been linked not only to mental health problems, but physical as well. Given this fact, a personal growth book such as this is something of great value to our society’s needs.
How to Break Up with Your Phone starts off with an open letter to, well, your phone, and it is all too real. While humorous, the honest truth in every word will ring true to every person that picks this up. You many not think you need to break up with your phone, or that your interactions with your phone are not problematic enough to warrant picking up a book such as this one. However, I am here to tell you… you are absolutely wrong!
We all, to some degree, have a dependency on our devices. And while some may have a higher dependency than others, every single one of us would benefit from a digital detox. Every page was an eye opener as Catherine calls you out on behavior you probably were not even aware you were doing. Not to say that she does so in a way that will make you feel down on yourself, but more like a caring friend who is guiding you towards a better way. The best way to project this is to share with you a quote from the book:
“The point of breaking up with our phones isn’t to deprive ourselves of the benefits of modern technology. It’s to set boundaries so that we can enjoy the good parts of our phones while also protecting ourselves from the bad.” —Catherine Price, How to Break Up with Your Phone
This is not a book thats purpose is to direct you to keep your phone farther than an arm’s length away, but sheds light on valuable information as to why we are so captivated by our phones, apps and social media. It is filled with information such as why psychologically we feel the need to constantly check our phones and how social media and apps are created to feed on these impulses. All very insightful and interesting stuff that will have you questioning quite a lot and asking yourself questions about your own psychological behavior.
Catherine not only researched this topic well, offering more than just reasoning why we all need to stop letting our devices control us—and how they are—but she also used a group of individuals to assist her in formulating the 30-day plan to break up with your phone. These people are of different social backgrounds and all have one common goal—placing a divide between themselves and their devices.
Everyone should read this book—it is the true wake-up call we all need. I found it to be very informative and, so far, the 30-day plan sounds quite enlightening. This is a quick read at just 165 pages (if you do not include the pages that make up the epilogue, recommended resources, etc.) I plan to start my own digital detox this weekend and will update this post on the date of publication to advise how Catherine’s plan has been working for me.
Many thanks to Catherine Price and Ten Speed Press for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.