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why people check their tech at the wrong times

Why People Check

Their Tech at the

Wrong Times

(and the Simple Tricks to STOP IT)

NirAndFar.com

@nireyal

we expect more from technology and less from each

“We expect more

from technology

and less from

each other.”

- Sherry Turkle

Director of the MIT Initiative

on Technology and Self

vs

chances are you ve

Chances are

you’ve

experienced the

following:

you re with a small group of friends at a nice

You’re with a small group of

friends at a nice restaurant.

everyone is enjoying the food and conversation

Everyone is enjoying the

food and conversation.

then someone decides to take out her phone

Then someone decides to

take out her phone…

not for an urgent call but to check email twitter

Not for an urgent call… but to check

email, Twitter, and Facebook.

the disease that is indiscriminate gadget use

The Disease that is

Indiscriminate

Gadget Use

doing nothing in the face of indiscriminate

Doing nothing in the

face of indiscriminate

gadget use is

no longer O.K.

staying silent about bad technology habits

Staying silent about

bad technology habits

is making things worse

for all of us.

paul graham coined the term social antibodies

Paul Graham coined the term

“Social Antibodies”:

defenses against new

harmful behaviors

he uses the example of cigarette smoking

He uses the

example of

cigarette

smoking.

smoking in public became taboo over the span

Smoking in public became taboo

over the span of just one generation

after social conventions changed.

the remedy to screen indiscretion

The remedy to screen

indiscretion may be developing

new norms that make it

socially undesirable

to check one’s phone in the

company of others.

keep in mind

Keep in mind:

Tech makers design

these products using the

same psychology that

makes slot machines

addictive.

if we don t build social antibodies the disease

If we don’t build social

antibodies, the disease of

distraction will become

the new normal.

but how do we develop and spread social

But how do we develop and

spread social antibodies to

inoculate ourselves against

bad mobile manners?

at work mandate a no screen meeting

At Work:

Mandate a

“no-screen meeting”

at corporate meetings someone typically

At corporate meetings,

someone (typically the highest-

paid person in the room) starts

using his or her personal

technology.

this sends a message to everyone in the room that

This sends a message to

everyone in the room

that gadget time is

more important

than their time.

this also prevents the person using the device

This also prevents the person

using the device from

participating in the discussion,

which means the meeting

wasn’t worth having

in the first place.

workshops and discussions declared device free

Workshops and discussions

declared device-free are by far

more productive.

setting expectations up front is equivalent

Setting

expectations

up front

is equivalent to

administering a

distraction

vaccine.

among friends snap the offender out of the phone

Among Friends:

Snap the offender out

of the phone zone

give your friend two options 1

Give your friend two options:

excuse

himself to

attend to

whatever

crisis is

happening

give your friend two options 2

Give your friend two options:

excuse

himself to

attend to

whatever

crisis is

happening

put away the

tech and go

back to the

conversation

or

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How?

Ask a question:

Pull him back to the

conversation while

sending a clear message.

then say

Then say,

“Oh, sorry,

were you on

your phone?

Is everything

O.K.?”

more often than not your friend will tuck

More often than not, your

friend will tuck his phone

back into his pocket and start

enjoying the company.

let s do something

Let’s Do

Something

set limits

Set limits.

Don’t resign

yourself to

being ignored.

the idea is not to disavow technology completely

The idea is not to

disavow technology

completely, but to

encourage people

to appreciate its

power, and to

be aware when

its power over them

is becoming a

problem.

technology should serve us we should not serve it

Technology

should serve us

—we should

not serve it.

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