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@nireyalNirAndFar.com
(and the Simple Tricks to STOP IT)
Why People Check
Their Tech at the
Wrong Times
“We expect more
from technology
and less from
each other.”
- Sherry Turkle
Director of the MIT Initiative
on Technology an...
Chances are
you’ve
experienced the
following:
You’re with a small group of
friends at a nice restaurant.
Everyone is enjoying the
food and conversation.
Then someone decides to
take out her phone…
Not for an urgent call…
Not for an urgent call… but to check
email, Twitter, and Facebook.
The Disease that is
Indiscriminate
Gadget Use
Doing nothing in the
face of indiscriminate
gadget use is
no longer O.K.
Staying silent about
bad technology habits
is making things worse
for all of us.
Paul Graham coined the term
“Social Antibodies”:
defenses against new
harmful behaviors
He uses the
example of
cigarette
smoking.
Smoking in public became taboo
over the span of just one generation
after social conventions changed.
The remedy to screen
indiscretion may be developing
new norms that make it
socially undesirable
to check one’s phone in th...
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 of
distraction will become
the new normal.
But how do we develop and
spread social antibodies to
inoculate ourselves against
bad mobile manners?
At Work:
Mandate a
“no-screen meeting”
At corporate meetings,
someone (typically the highest-
paid person in the room) starts
using his or her personal
technolog...
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 from
participating in the discussion,
which means the meeting
wasn’t worth ...
Workshops and discussions
declared device-free are by far
more productive.
Setting
expectations
up front
is equivalent to
administering a
distraction
vaccine.
Among Friends:
Snap the offender out
of the phone zone
Give your friend two options:
excuse
himself to
attend to
whatever
crisis is
happening
Give your friend two options:
excuse
himself to
attend to
whatever
crisis is
happening
Give your friend two options:
put away the
tech and go
back to th...
How?
Ask a question:
Pull him back to the
conversation while
sending a clear message.
Then say,
“Oh, sorry,
were you on
your phone?
Is everything
O.K.?”
More often than not, your
friend will tuck his phone
back into his pocket and start
enjoying the company.
Let’s Do
Something
Set limits.
Don’t resign
yourself to
being ignored.
The idea is not to
disavow technology
completely, but to
encourage people
to appreciate its
power, and to
be aware when
it...
Technology
should serve us
— we should
not serve it.
Subscribe and
receive the
OFFICIAL
WORKBOOK
for Hooked:
How to Build
Habit-Forming
Products.
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Why People Check Their Tech at the Wrong Times (and the Simple Trick to Stop It)

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Chances are you've witnessed and even took active part in a lot of indiscriminate gadget use.

But staying silent about bad technology habits is making things worse for all of us.

We need to develop social antibodies, defenses against new harmful behaviors, or else we'll end up serving technology instead of it serving us.

If we don’t build social antibodies, the disease of distraction will become the new normal.

To do this, we need to find out who's to blame for our distraction and what we need to do about it.

Read the whole blog post at: http://www.nirandfar.com/2016/03/why-people-check-their-phones-at-the-wrong-times.html

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Why People Check Their Tech at the Wrong Times (and the Simple Trick to Stop It)

  1. 1. @nireyalNirAndFar.com (and the Simple Tricks to STOP IT) Why People Check Their Tech at the Wrong Times
  2. 2. “We expect more from technology and less from each other.” - Sherry Turkle Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self vs
  3. 3. Chances are you’ve experienced the following:
  4. 4. You’re with a small group of friends at a nice restaurant.
  5. 5. Everyone is enjoying the food and conversation.
  6. 6. Then someone decides to take out her phone…
  7. 7. Not for an urgent call…
  8. 8. Not for an urgent call… but to check email, Twitter, and Facebook.
  9. 9. The Disease that is Indiscriminate Gadget Use
  10. 10. Doing nothing in the face of indiscriminate gadget use is no longer O.K.
  11. 11. Staying silent about bad technology habits is making things worse for all of us.
  12. 12. Paul Graham coined the term “Social Antibodies”: defenses against new harmful behaviors
  13. 13. He uses the example of cigarette smoking.
  14. 14. Smoking in public became taboo over the span of just one generation after social conventions changed.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Keep in mind: Tech makers design these products using the same psychology that makes slot machines addictive.
  17. 17. If we don’t build social antibodies, the disease of distraction will become the new normal.
  18. 18. But how do we develop and spread social antibodies to inoculate ourselves against bad mobile manners?
  19. 19. At Work: Mandate a “no-screen meeting”
  20. 20. At corporate meetings, someone (typically the highest- paid person in the room) starts using his or her personal technology.
  21. 21. This sends a message to everyone in the room that gadget time is more important than their time.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. Workshops and discussions declared device-free are by far more productive.
  24. 24. Setting expectations up front is equivalent to administering a distraction vaccine.
  25. 25. Among Friends: Snap the offender out of the phone zone
  26. 26. Give your friend two options:
  27. 27. excuse himself to attend to whatever crisis is happening Give your friend two options:
  28. 28. excuse himself to attend to whatever crisis is happening Give your friend two options: put away the tech and go back to the conversation or
  29. 29. How? Ask a question: Pull him back to the conversation while sending a clear message.
  30. 30. Then say, “Oh, sorry, were you on your phone? Is everything O.K.?”
  31. 31. More often than not, your friend will tuck his phone back into his pocket and start enjoying the company.
  32. 32. Let’s Do Something
  33. 33. Set limits. Don’t resign yourself to being ignored.
  34. 34. 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.
  35. 35. Technology should serve us — we should not serve it.
  36. 36. Subscribe and receive the OFFICIAL WORKBOOK for Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
  37. 37. Subscribe and receive the OFFICIAL WORKBOOK for Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Click to SUBSCRIBE!

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