• Madison Magee

What Some "No Phone" Time Does To You

How many times throughout the day or week do we respond to texts, app messages, or scroll through Instagram? How many times do we look to see if our email inbox is updated or just to check the time? We periodically check our phones out of habit— and it’s not always because we know some message is there waiting for us, but because there might be a message there.

Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, explores this concept from a business perspective. In his new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, however, he explores the same concept from a consumer standpoint. He describes the habits like this— when we have immediate access to our devices, we are spending more time thinking about them. But now he offers the insightful question of “if we are spending more and more time thinking about (and checking) our phones, then what are we really missing out on?”

Summer camps offer children time away from their devices— granting them the opportunity to truly focus on what’s happening around them.