Experiment: No electronic communications for a day as a Stanford Student

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Experiment: No electronic communications for a day as a Stanford Student

  1. 1. Experiment:A day without any electroniccommunication(Modifying The Environment To Reduce Stress)Maurizio Calo Caligaris Stanford University
  2. 2. The Setup:Put cellphone in drawerBlocked facebook.comBlocked gmail
  3. 3. Why?I used to constantly check e-mail, FB &phone multiple times every day.This was creating unnecessarystress, and I didn’t even realize it.
  4. 4. Why?I wanted to experiment with changingmy environment & understand howthis changes behavior.
  5. 5. Why?Making (temporary) radical changesgave me a fresh new perspective andallowed me to gain unique insights.
  6. 6. Insight#1By not having the distraction of myphone, my personal interactions becamemuch more meaningful and enjoyable.I now avoid checking my phone whenI’m with other people. I also try to meetin person rather than converse overphone (whenever possible)
  7. 7. Insight#2I felt much less stressed out by nothaving to constantly check my e-mail,but, as a Stanford student, it is highlyimpractical to stop using e-mail.I disabled e-mail push notifications onmy phone.
  8. 8. Insight#3I realized Facebook really is a wonderfulcommunication tool, and is not worth itquitting completely. At the same time, Ishouldn’t check Facebook every 10 min. See more details here: http://www.slideshare.net/ mauriziocalo/addicted-to-facebook- get-ripped-insteadI redirected facebook.com to anotherwebsite that triggers me to do pushupsafter every time I open FB in a new tab.
  9. 9. maurizio@cs.stanford.eduI’m Maurizio Calo Caligarisand I’m an aspiringentrepreneur / CS mastersstudent at Stanford. I’minterested in behavior design, Thanks!life design, self-improvement& using technology totransform people’s lives.

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