Podcast: Are smartphones a net positive?

by | Jul 18, 2023 | Podcast

On this episode, we chat about lessons learned from Chris’s experiment to switch to a flip phone for a month. Topics covered include:


  • The impetus for the experiment;
  • How smartphones are not meant to see switched away from;
  • The phenomenon of zombiefication;
  • The correlation between screen time and mental health;
  • Reflecting on why the smartphone can make us unhappy;
  • “Time confetti” and our phone;
  • Why a phone doesn’t provide us with depth of experience;
  • Raw material for change;
  • Richness and depth of communication;
  • Handing our attention to someone else (and why it can be a good thing);
  • Heights of stimulation.


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Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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