A Workforce of Addicts

A hidden barrier to a healthy company culture.

WHAT POPULAR business tool is referred to in these studies?

“… brain drain that diminishes learning, logical reasoning, problem solving and creativity.”
– Journal of the Association for Consumer Research

“The mere presence of (this tool) inhibited the development of interpersonal closeness and trust.”
– 2013, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

”… students who didn’t bring (this tool) to the classroom scored a full letter-grade higher on tests.”
– 2017, Applied Cognitive Psychology

“Nearly 40% of people never disconnect from (this tool) even while on vacation.”
– 2015, Trends in Consumer Mobility Report

Gotta clue? If you chose the modern-day cellphone, you were correct. Like humans who have strengths that can be overused, cellphones provide tremendous benefits to connect people to each other and information. However, if overused, has huge costs to focus, empathy, emotional intelligence, and innovation. Many are unaware they are addicted to their cellphone and would excuse that idea away just as a person might who’s addicted to drugs.

If the cost of your cell phone addiction has become a problem and you’re ready to do something about it, try these ideas from Joshua Becker in his becomingminimalist blog:

Set aside one day a week to be 100% off your phone,
Use apps to help you limit your usage like Space, Forest, Moment, Flipd, and Screentime,
Don’t charge your phone near your bed,
Put your phone away when you walk in the door,
Change your phone settings; turn off notifications, set screen to black-and-white, use airplane mode, turn on do not disturb.

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“The more time we spend interconnected via a myriad of devices, the less time we have left to develop true friendships in the real world.”

– Alex Morritt