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My ears immediately perked up: Here was a perfect example for our episode. Even someone who had grown up around smartphones and iPads didn’t always see the point in having them around. The mom explained that she wanted to keep an eye on the time, and while her daughter couldn’t understand why that was more important than being next in line for the swings, she eventually followed her back to their car. If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from the internet, try these tips
We wanted to hear more stories about people untangling themselves from technology. So we asked our listeners to share some of their favorite tips and tricks on how to ditch the device and stay in the moment. Here are some of our favorite responses:

I encountered a mother and her kid on their way to the park a few weeks ago, soon after I completed filming this Life Kit episode about how to disconnect from our devices. The mother abruptly came to a halt. She went to her kid, anxiously patting her pockets, and said, “We have to return to the car, sweetie. I left my phone at home.” Her kid, who had already made a beeline for the swings, said, “Why?” to her mother.

Highlights

  • I noticed a pattern of friends and family posting things online, and then us not having much to talk about when we would visit each other in person. You’d already seen all their vacation photos, where they were, who they were with, what they ate, right? So I went cold turkey and got rid of all social media platforms entirely. I experienced some serious FOMO at first, but now I don’t even notice the difference. It’s an opportunity to reach out more personally to family and friends to see what’s new in their life, and for them to reach out to me more, too. — Taylor Seale For years I used to wake up in the middle of the night to look at or answer a text or email. I realized my quality of sleep and quality of life were being affected, so now I keep the phone in a completely different room when I go to bed. — Stuart Sutton

  • Getting rid of apps and distractions. I removed the apps for Facebook and Instagram from my phone and enabled two-step authentication on my Facebook account. Now I have to access those sites via a web browser, and it’s a nuisance. This helps me because before it was too easy to get to the content. Now I think twice if I want to go through the pain of verifying my credentials. — Rob Wittman I unfollowed nearly all non-family Facebook friends. Now I still see family photos and keep in touch with long-distance friends, but spend a small fraction of the time I used to on Facebook. — Mary Biddle When I make a plan for [true] human face-time, my phone isn’t invited to join. It stays on silent in my purse. We eat, we walk, we go to the movies — we don’t need a third wheel. — Talora Michal

I’m starting to keep a list of random things that come to mind throughout the day that make me want to run to the computer to find the answers. So rather than running to the computer throughout the day, I save it for one session. — Charlene Gaubis

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