Could Happiness be Found in Dumping your Smartphone?
I think the answer is yes, at least part time. I've committed to a quarterly goal of having one day per week, usually Sunday, as a 99% iPhone and Internet free day. It's been great so far. Eliminating an iPhone or iPad gives you significant time and attention back, allowing you to be more present. There's still a tug to check email, text messages, and the Internet that lessens with practice.
If you want to go all in on this experiment by being smartphone free, David Lengel penned an interesting article, "I've decided to reclaim my life – by using an old Nokia phone" about moving to an old school Nokia phone from a smart phone. It's worth a read, and an interesting commentary on today's always-connected society.
For me, I plan to keep my iPhone, but put it away more often.
In addition to the Friday Happiness Post and Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.