In short, I decided I don't want to and therefore don't, simple as that.
Also, productivity pundits will recommend checking mail/news once or twice a day max. Any more is a waste of time.
Nothing personal here - what you do with your time and how you unwind is entirely up to you, I just thought it was worth noting this isn't entirely different physically than sitting at a desk, starting at your computer screen.
Watching a movie can be much like reading a book: a concerted focus on a long story. In contrast, reading Reddit on your smartphone might be more like browsing the funnies in the newspaper.
As an analog analog, you wouldn't say that reading Dostoyevsky and reading Zits are very similar activities, despite that both involve sitting and staring at paper.
They were tugging at his slacks while he was balancing a martini and talking about something to me and another adult.
He leaned out of the conversation and spoke to the host:
"Do you have a wii we can throw these two on?"
This feels deeply troubling for child development. Learning how to interact at a young age often comes from watching elders interact.
For the kid to be staring at a phone/tv so they won't disturb the adults and be "quiet" takes this crucial learning experience away.
If you haven't noticed this parenting pattern before - pay attention next time you're in a queue, family restaurant or group gathering including young children.
I decided to do things different with my kids, and after all, one of the reasons I had kids was to have someone to play with :)
There is very little technology required to amuse and/or educate children. Some imagination, a pencil and some paper is literally hours of fun to be had. The crucial bit is time, which you absolutely must make at the right time.
Its 3am here. This is my own time :)
To be honest, I only got my first 'in my hand all the time' smartphone at the end of last year.
The only positive use for it so far has been to check bus times when out (TfL.gov.uk) and read the odd pdf. The latter has just been replaced by an e-reader thanks to my wife so time for the phone to go?
Back to my Nokia 6303...
Smartphones are the ringing bell (Pavlov) embodied.
I introspected a bit and decided to change my lifestyle. I would let technology adapt around me, instead of me adapting my lifestyle/life choices around technology. Although I must say this one is a two way street - I cannot live without my smart phone.
Now, we have rules: When having personal one-on-one time with other people, no mobiles allowed. We still suck with crowds so, mobiles still come out in crowds like parties.
Personally I think this has got to do with our brains and our information diet. We're being constantly drip fed information that is being pushed to us. I feel sometimes that pulling information, with limits (HN's procrastination feature is great). Heck I even wrote a write up on this: http://theslowweb.com, and tried to get a movement going.
He really got to know some Amish communities and has some fascinating thoughts on how their approach to technology is a good role model. He adds the twist that many of us should be early adopters to try every new technology, but put it through the same, “How does this benefit us?” questioning that the Amish do.
My book notes are at http://sivers.org/book/WhatTechnologyWants
Smartphones change everything, they are like the wheel. For the first time in human history, we (nearly) all have what Bill Gates said, All the world's "Information at Your Fingertips" - literally. Since humans are pack animals, anything that strengthens the herd will prevail over every other human need.
There is, and will continue to be, a huge market for wrapping new technology in familiar clothes. If you can make a revolutionary product, good for you, but making an old product revolutionary again is much better.
Early in the movie, a character is excited about the chance for an anchorman job at a Fresno TV station. His fiancée says she thinks Fresno is a top 50 market. He tells her it is #55.
It took a tremendous act of will on my part to not hit pause and grab my iPad to check to see if they got Fresno's rank right.
I do not know if it original (if it is you heard it here first) but I remember seeing two young (German) kids at breakfast in a Piccadilly cafe waiting for their parents
Sitting next to them to get off their phones and talk to their own children
At that moment this phrase popped into my mind and has stuck there ever since
I have a friend who once said, "Wanna have lunch alone? Invite someone who has an iPhone."