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The Phone Fix

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The Phone Fix may not introduce revolutionary solutions to those well-versed in digital wellness, but it serves as an essential guide for those embarking on a journey toward healthier digital habits. Dr. Begeti's brain-centric approach provides a unique perspective, encouraging readers to leverage their understanding of the brain to foster supportive and mindful interactions with technology.

This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and I would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

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First, I want to extend my gratitude to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

"The Phone Fix" by Dr. Faye Begeti is a timely and relevant exploration of our relationship with technology, specifically our phones. It's no secret that in our digital age, phone usage has become a pervasive aspect of our daily lives. Dr. Begeti, with her expertise as an NHS neurology doctor and neuroscientist, offers insightful and scientifically backed perspectives on the impact of phone usage on our brains and behavior.

The book delves into the nuances of why we've formed such ingrained habits around our devices. It challenges common myths about digital addiction and the effects of blue light, bringing a refreshing perspective to a topic often shrouded in misinformation. What stands out in Dr. Begeti's approach is her focus on understanding the brain's workings to develop healthier digital habits rather than advocating for unrealistic digital abstinence.

There are numerous valid points throughout the book. I particularly appreciated the emphasis on Plan B not equating to failure. This perspective fosters a more compassionate and realistic approach to habit change and personal growth. However, despite these strengths, I found that the book didn't offer many new strategies for someone already familiar with digital wellness concepts.

That being said, for individuals who find themselves struggling with phone addiction, "The Phone Fix" could be a beneficial read. The book is filled with practical exercises grounded in neuroscientific techniques, aimed at replenishing willpower and improving focus. These exercises are designed to help readers form a healthier relationship with their phones, and by extension, with the people around them.

In conclusion, while "The Phone Fix" might not present novel solutions for those already versed in digital wellness, it stands as a valuable resource for those beginning their journey towards healthier digital habits. Dr. Begeti's brain-focused approach provides a unique lens through which we can view our relationship with technology, encouraging us to harness our understanding of the brain to foster more supportive digital behaviors.

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An informative and useful guide on how to use electronic device in a "good" way and not be addicted to them.
Easy to follow, well researched
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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This is a really useful step by step approach to habit/ behaviour change wuthering clear examples. This also details why we behave this way with out phones and what led to this.

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One of my favourites of 2023! This book is one of many released recently on smartphone and social media use, but it's very different from the others I have read. It is not restrictive, it is supportive and very informative. The information is written by a doctor/scientist and backed up by proper scientific research. I learned things I didn't know yet, even though I have read a lot on this subject (for example the light from screens before bedtime is not always as hurtful as is sometimes claimed.. the content you consume could have a way stronger impact on how you sleep). The tips & building blocks provided are not unique, but because they are explained so well, you're more likely to actually use them this time around. The author also highlights the positives of smartphone and social media use, which is nice and refreshing.

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I think this would be a good book for anyone concerned about their screen time and with no idea how to rectify it.

This isn't new ground or revolutionary

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For me, non-fiction books tend to be the extra on top of the pile - to be read between or around the main event.
This was a thoughtful book highlighting what we probably already know, deep down, even though we try not to think about it too much. There are exercises and directions to follow, but I enjoyed the read, the author has an authority on the subject that elevates it above the usual, it comes across on the page.
Enjoyed it.

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The Phone Fix is a guide that offers readers a range of insightful ideas, complete with assignments and building block activities. These interactive elements engage readers in a hands-on learning experience, enhancing their understanding of what happens to our brains when we use our phones and why there are so many negative habits around them. The book's informative content is its strong suit, providing a wealth of knowledge, however, there's room for improvement in terms of precision; some sections tend to be unnecessarily wordy and lengthy.

I would have liked to have seen which illustrations would have been included, to see if their presence would have contributed to the overall reading experience.

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