Friday, April 20, 2018

The Friday 56 (130) & Book Beginnings: How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.
35209767Synopsis from Goodreads...

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone...

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up "just to check," only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone--but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution. Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up--and then make up--with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You'll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You'll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life...
Beginning: "It's tempting to think of smartphones as just one more technology in a long list of technologies that have freaked people out. Telegraphs, telephones, radios, movies, television, video games, even books--all caused panic when they were first introduced, and all have turned out to be less harmful than people feared."

56: "Unsurprisingly, ignoring distractions is tiring work, and the less we practice it, the worse at it we become."
Comments: I received How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price for review, and I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It was a surprisingly engrossing read that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book covering the topic of phone use. My beginning comes from chapter 1 instead of the introduction. What are you reading this week?

21 comments:

  1. I really like that book beginning. It's true!

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  2. It sounds a bit of an odd choice, but then again, most of us have one - I can see myself liking this book,too!

    Here is mine: bit.ly/briguella1

    Have a lovely weekend x

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  3. What an intriguing topic! I have a smart phone, but I'm a person who would never have imagined such an addiction. Regular phones were addictive in the sense that we could wait endlessly by the phone for that special call...back in the day. Then came answering machines, which freed us up.

    But now phones take us to so many places, and they are not even used that often for "calling" people. Texting, social networking, etc. are the primary uses, IMO. Not to mention all those apps.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  4. I've been thinking about breaking up with Facebook. I am not too addicted to my phone, thankfully. My Friday Quotes

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  5. I don't have a love affair with the telephone and don't own a smartphone. I can certainly see many of the people around me obsessed with theirs. This week I have a thriller - What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka. Happy reading!

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  6. Great idea for a book. I can do without my phone for a day to enjoy a day with family for a celebration or a trip. But when I get back on, I have gobs of catching up to do! I'd love for you and your readers to check out THE UNINVITED CORPSE . . . https://www.facebook.com/elleryadamswritesmysteries/

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  7. This sounds like a helpful book. I'm becoming more and more attached to my phone, so I should check this out. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Initially, I wasn't sure if I would find this book enlightening, but I was wrong. The author made a lot of good points about not just phone use, but tablets and computers as well. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. That beginning is so true! Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

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  9. Haha. Probably helpful for a lot of people. Luckily, I am not too bad with mine. I like to check it, but I can also go hours without it.

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  10. Yep,definitely guilty of being addicted to the phone. Sounds like an interesting read. Happy weekend!

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  11. A lot of people could probably use this - and I might be one of them.:)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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