Paying the smartphone tax – The 200 words project

Building on last weekend’s note on Attention residue and shallow work, here’s this week’s 200 word idea –

Seth Godin shared the costs of using the smartphone –

1. Urgent vs. important. The phone has been optimize to buzz and highlight the urgent. A day on the phone = a day when we buried the important.

2. Losing the moment. Since the world is in our pocket, it is harder for us to be here, right now.

3. Brevity over density. Since everything is done in a hurry, it makes sense to consume and produce “byte-sized” content (GTG, LOL). Is brevity the goal in how we spend our lives?

4. The Filter bubble. The closed gardens of the smart phone world mean we’re most likely to consume ideas that we already understand, from people we already agree with – echo chambers.

5. Easily off the hook. Because it is so easy to hit send or share, we can relieve the tension of creation with a click.

Like most things that are taxed, smart phones are often worth it, creating connections and giving us information when we need it. Perhaps, though, turning our phones off for six hours a day would be a useful way to cornering us into creating work we can’t live without.

“I don’t read work e-mails after 7 pm or on weekends, and if you work for me, may I suggest you put down your phone?” | Grey’s Anatomy TV Producer Shonda Rhimes’ email signature

Source and thanks to: Seth Godin’s wonderful blog – as is the case with Seth’s posts, the original is far better than my edited 200 word version. :)

PS: A fun and insightful add on the topic- a 5 min video of Louis C.K. on mobile phones, kids, solitude and happiness

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