Smartphone addiction is a real thing. According to PewResearch, 90% of American adults have a cell phone and 29% of cell owners describe it as “something they can’t imagine living without.” The 2014 equivalent of the old idiom, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” has become “If brunch is eaten and no Instagram photos are posted of the food, did it really happen?”
Of course, mobile technology does play an integral role in all modern jobs (and life). Whether it’s checking in via email in the evening, scanning the company Twitter while you’re on the move, or connecting with someone far away, smartphones enable us to plug in conveniently and efficiently.
But the truth is, our preoccupation with our phones encroaches on our time spent deepening relationships, reflecting on ourselves, and preparing thoughtful work. I notice a huge difference in my productivity and sense of flow when I’m writing a blog post or preparing a proposal at the office and I keep my phone on silent, tucked away.