Men's Health

Okay! Okay! I’ll Break Up with My Phone

AS AN ALWAYS-ON news anchor, I had long suspected that I had a particularly dysfunctional relationship with my phone—that my constant checking of email and Twitter made me less productive, less calm, and less connected with my wife and our four-year-old son. Yet even with that awareness, I would often notice my arm moving, zombielike, toward my pocket to pull out my phone. This was especially humbling given that, aside from being a reporter, I am a self-styled evangelist for mindfulness. And, uh, the creator of an app for… your phone.

For better or worse, I am not alone in my compulsive phone usage. A Gallup survey found that 81 percent of smartphone users say they keep their phone near them “almost all the time during waking hours.” Nearly

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