Screen addiction is something we discussed in our predictions for 2018, published in December 2017.
The Boston Globe's "Tech Nomad" columnist, Michael Andor Brodeur, recently wrote about this in a column entitled, "Hard Wired: Our smartphone habits are more like full-blown addictions. So how can we regain control?"
So we consider ourselves validated but that still means we're addicted.
What's worse, Brodeur suggests that the proliferation of virtual assistants like Alexa presents another opportunity to become addicted to tech. And he's right about that.
So, what to do?
Brodeur cites other industry experts who suggest we should:
- Simply switch your phone to grayscale. By muffling the ways your phone uses contrast, color, and, for lack of better phrasing, sparkly stuff to recruit your attention, the phone becomes less of a dazzling gem to gaze into, and more of a utilitarian brick.
But the hard part is that so far in the articles we've read about phone addiction, we've come across three types of solutions:
- Rely on Apple and others to design smartphones that are less addicting.
- Ask Congress to find a way to regulate big tech to reduce distractions.
- Identify lifehacks (as in the bullet above) to weaken your addiction.
Suggestions? Send them our way!