- 27th November, 2017
Addicted to your smartphone…? read Irresistible by Adam Atler.
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Book review – Irresistible – Adam Atler
As part of a business group who have a book to read every three months, this was last quarters book and has been addictive by the Workplacer’s of Manchester.
Modern addiction might not worry you, but it does me. I never leave the house without my phone and if by accident I do, I will go back to get it, or I will just feel not quite at ease until I am reunited with my phone. This causes me quite a lot of worry as to how much head space I commit to this small metal and plastic object.
This is quite an interesting article from the Telegraph a few years ago and I think this has just got worse over time.
It also concerns me how immediate this makes our lives. I can be found and interrupted at any time and if I get a text a reply is required immediately. Anything you do can be posted on social media immediately and we don’t have any secrets anymore as if we don’t post what we are doing there is a good chance someone else will. This then gives me worries about privacy and I quite like being private for time to time.
All of this is further worrying for the shear amount of time that we spend looking at our phones. I recently listened to an interview with Judy Dench about being recognised and she said that hardly anyone sees you anymore as most people spend their time looking down at their phones. Well if I am missing Judy Dench, what else am I missing by spending so much time on my phone.
Irresistible is a scientifically research book and it investigates how much time we spend interacting with our phones and great subjects as to “Why does the person who invented the iPad not let his children have one?” Simply because he knows they have been created to appeal to our addictions. That is why you can do so much on your smartphone now. The makers of smartphones don’t want you to have a camera, they want you to use your phone so that you see if you have a message or email as you go to take the picture, therefore cameras on phones are getting better and better. This in turn makes us want and need our phones more and more so that we than want a better phone and the sales keep on rolling in for the phone makers.
I am looking at my phone an average of 3 hours, 7 minutes per day and this is 2% less than average. I use my phone for work, so much of this time is work time but even so… appalling don’t you think. I now monitor how much I am on my phone as in the first pages of his book Atler requests that you download an app that will monitor your usage. I did just this and even though I can’t limit my daytime usage I do now put my phone away in the evening and at the weekends and I am monitoring my usage so that I cut down the time I use my phone. I have a simple little alarm clock as I am not allowing myself technology upstairs and I have started to read a book again at night rather than check my Facebook page or look at shopping pages.
All these changes I want to make as I don’t want my phone to control my life. This book helps you to understand the science behind technology addiction and how, if you want to, to get over that addiction. I wanted to, and I would recommend this book as a brilliant read for anyone who feels the same. Take a look and if nothing else download the app “moment” and see what your screen time really is.
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