How to use your smartphone like a hammer

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If we used our phones more like a hammer, would our life be a lot better? At least, according to the musical genius himself, yes.

Look at your phone as a tool, not an obligation. Would you walk around with a hammer in your pocket?  You would pick up a hammer when you needed it. You would never be addicted or obligated to it. Use your phone like a hammer only pick it up when you need it. — Kanye West

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#Textiety: Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

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Writing is a very therapeutic and self-reflecting practice for me that allows me to learn a lot more about myself.

 

Until I started my research for this article, I did not know there were in fact plenty of blog posts, articles and even peer-reviewed journals out there on the phenomenon of texting anxiety.

Although I didn’t feel I was entirely alone in suffering from texting anxiety, I didn’t think the problem was relevant enough to grant clinical terms, such as textiety and textaphrenia.

Text messaging is an essential part of communication that is a quick and convenient method to stay connected with our friends, family, and acquaintances.

Despite being a useful mode of communication, the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7, literally, can be very stressful and overwhelming to some. Textiety refers to the anxious feeling one gets from not receiving or sending text messages.

Mental health professionals are starting to see anxiety around texting show up in their practice, and it is now part of a new area of research and treatment related to mobile devices and online communication.

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45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

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I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule and post an article yesterday.

Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a list of How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You, which includes what to do, how to do it, and why.

The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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In praise of taking digital breaks

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A digital break can be extremely helpful for people who feel like they are always on their digital devices being constantly bombarded with notifications, or feel that they are hopelessly addicted to their black screens.

If you are part of the 1%, you can take yourself on the unpluggedweekend retreat that promises you a break from it all. For the rest of us peasants, taking digital breaks should still be an essential part of our personal policies.

Time is a precious, nonrenewable resource. Being aware of our digital consumption is not just an aspirational lifestyle choice for the riches.

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