I was addicted to my Smartphone. I checked Instagram at traffic lights, hid in the bathroom to scroll Facebook, and peeked at email fifty times a day. I listened to podcasts in the shower and messaged online friends and strangers at all times of the day. I was always available—at least to my online community.
I knew I needed a digital detox for my mental health, but wasn’t sure how to do it. Then I read a book called Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, who cited ways Smartphones were designed to keep us glued to our screens. He talked about the dopamine hits we receive with each “like,” how one developer called the Smartphone a “slot machine,” and others admitted developers exploit our basic human need for social approval. Bill Maher joked that the App Store was coming for our souls.
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