How I quit my smartphone addiction and really started living

“The phone rings: it’s my friend checking to see if I can pick her up on the way to a dinner party. I ask her where she is and as she explains, I reach as far as I can across the countertop for a pen. I scribble the address in my trusty notebook I keep in my back pocket. I tell her I’ll be at her place in about 20 minutes, give or take a few. Then I hang up. Literally.

I physically take the handset receiver away from my ear and hang it on the weight-triggered click switch that cuts off my landline’s dial tone.”

A great write up by  for The Guardian.

Read the full thing here.

STOP PHUBBING ME

The last smartphone-related trend is the so-called phubbing: let’s find out what it is. It is shortly described as “the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention”.

It is really overflowing! You can see it everywhere. Sometimes it’s surprising, some other times it’s strange, sad, frustrating or even non-sense, but it is there. You can see it.

Let’s play a game. After reading this post, spend a whole day paying attention to this phenomenon: wherever you go, in the pub, in the underground, during a meeting, in the restaurant, at the disco. Count how many times you can see phubbing event occurring around you. Then, do you a favour: question people’s behaviour and ask yourself why they are doing that. Yes, you got it. That’s what we stand for.

Please raise the awareness and help your neighbor.

Here you can find a well-buildt website that talks about phubbing. Enjoy it!

http://stopphubbing.com/

BEFORE | AFTER

BEFORE | AFTER

There is a before/after in our life; and with “our” I mean we people born before the digital natives generation. I am talking about the moment when the smartphones decided to walk in our lives and take possess of them.

It was not that long ago, actually. Up until only 10 years ago we were able to handle our life (with all its cheerful time and struggles) without smartphone at all. Now most of us can’t imagine a day – and a life* – without it. It didn’t take them that long and, in a blink of an eye, basically everyone started walking down the streets with the face stuck to the smartphone screen.

* usually a feeling reserved to the soulmate.

Do we really need it? Do we remember how it was before?

Here are some pictures that ironically show you the difference.

remember_the_days_before_cell_phones_640_01Raise your hand if it never happened to you.

remember_the_days_before_cell_phones_640_02What do you tell me about the WhatsApp flags?!

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“I won’t steal it. I promise!”remember_the_days_before_cell_phones_640_05“What was your number again?”remember_the_days_before_cell_phones_640_04

. . .
“Did anyone say something??”

What if now I tell you to change our point of view? Let’s read the pictures from right to left. Do you still think a change is impossible?

UNPLUG EVERY DAY

Did you ever find yourself in front of the mirror

“Okay! From now on I promise I will change. I will change my habits and the way I use my phone. I will reduce and unplug. I promise.”

speaking to the reflected-you like this?

Let me ask you another question. How many times did it happen?

If your answer is more than once, it means that your good intention and that resolute and determined version of you failed somehow. Well, we can tell you that you’re not the only one around here. Despite all the effort, it always seems we are going nowhere or we are stuck.

But someone decided to write a book about it and now we are glad to tell you that you can make it!

Here you are: 365 Ways to Log Off and Live Better – that’s what the title says. This little book offers 365 achievable ways to take small breaks from technology during your everyday life; its suggestions may encourage you to unplug from electronics and appreciate your surroundings. With an inspiring sentence for every day of your year, you will be able to live better, notice it and reflect on the power of unplugging.

Enjoy the reading!