How to Break Up With Your Phone

Updated: Jun 5, 2018

Laug Auf Look Up. Catherine Price is an author and science journalist whose article, "How to Break Up With Your Phone", appeared in The New York Times February 13, 2018. Catherine describes how she realized her relationship with her phones "was not exactly what a couples therapist would describe as 'healthy'" and wanted a new relationship with it. She spent the next year and a half researching and developing a comprehensive strategy for how to “break up” with her phone.

"The moment I realized I needed to break up with my phone came just over two years ago. I had recently had a baby and was feeding her in a darkened room as she cuddled on my lap. It was an intimate, tender moment — except for one detail. She was gazing at me … and I was on eBay, scrolling through listings for Victorian-era doorknobs. I’m not going to try to explain this particular personal passion. The point is that a good 15 minutes had probably passed before I finally caught sight of my daughter looking at me, her tiny face illuminated by my phone’s blue light. I saw the scene as it would have looked to an outsider — her focused on me, me focused on my phone — and my heart sank. This was not the way I wanted things to be."

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