That is the title of this interesting report in the Sunday Times about the various strategies some people use to disconnect from their smart phones and maintain a modicum of sanity. Here is an excerpt:
Whenever Michael Carl, the fashion market director at Vanity Fair, goes out to dinner with friends, he plays something called the “phone stack” game: Everyone places their phones in the middle of the table; whoever looks at their device before the check arrives picks up the tab.
Brandon Holley, the former editor of Lucky magazine, had trouble ditching her iPhone when she got home from work. So about six months ago, she began tossing her phone into a vintage milk tin the moment she walked in. It remains there until after dinner.
And Marc Jacobs, the fashion designer, didn’t want to sleep next to a beeping gizmo. So he banned digital devices from his bedroom, a house rule he shared with audiences during a recent screening of “Disconnect,” a film that dramatizes how technology has alienated people from one other.
As smartphones continue to burrow their way into our lives, and wearable devices like Google Glass threaten to erode our personal space even further, overtaxed users are carving out their own device-free zones with ad hoc tricks and life hacks.
So, what strategies or tricks do you use (if any) to disconnect from your smart phones or from the World Wide Web generally?
prior probability has taken a more drastic step: we don’t even own a smart phone … we still use a cheap $20 Nokia model, though we are still trying to figure out how to disable the text and voice mail features!
See also: http://statigr.am/tag/phonestack