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Be Smarter than Your Smartphone

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Oct 3rd 2013

smartphoneA 2-minute clip came out not too long ago giving a fairly accurate account of how pervasive Smartphones are in our lives today. We use them while lying in bed with a loved one, while sitting around the table with friends, and during intimate momentous celebrations. We’re often one-step removed from the actual experience of the moment. Smartphones have their value and we also need to wake up to when they’re not valuable.We can learn to be smarter than our Smartphones.

Here’s the short clip:

We all have to figure this out for ourselves. No amount of research or comedic advice is going to sway us away from something that ultimately plays fairly intensely on our brain’s reward system. In this way the Smartphone is smarter than us, but we can get smarter and take back control.

We each need to do some deep investigation into how our relationship with technology helps us in our lives and how it hinders us.

While we want to capture every moment with the new advanced cameras, how often does this separate us from experiencing the actual moment?

How many minutes or hours in the day are spent wasted checking for messages that are really not that important or urgent?

How many hours are wasted waiting for apps to load? What are we missing in those moments?

How much time is spent deleting junk?

If you’ve followed any of my work you know I am a major proponent of technology. I think it has tremendous potential for healing our world in many ways. That’s the good. But the bad is all the little moments that seem inconsequential in the moment where we miss out on what matters in life. 

Even having the opportunity to be with what’s difficult, where we might usually grab for or phone as a distraction, has the potential to bring happiness:

<Here’s a 6-minute clip of comedian Louis C.K. describing his experience with Smartphones and how resisting the urge to distract led to an enlightening experience:

This is only meant to raise discussion and awareness.

What’s your experience with Smartphones, how do they help and hinder you? Share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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