This is one of the biggest stories of our digital times, along with fake news and artificial intelligence. To be better at work, relationships, to be better at everything we need to wean ourselves off of our smart phone app addiction.
Are you ready to give it up?
Fact: most of the apps you use on a daily basis are designed to be habit forming and addicting. The best behavior scientists in the world have worked with software developers to make sure that you get hooked on these apps. The not so harmless byproduct is the dopamine surges that occur. With every notification, email check, instant messages, or match on a dating app, you get a shot of dopamine. Because the satisfaction doesn’t last, you have to keep coming back for more. If you want to be happier and more successful, turn things off. When you turn things off you start to develop a more mindful and deliberate relationship with technology. You control it rather than having it control you.