The Phone Fix
by Faye Begeti
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2024
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What is really happening in your brain when you use your phone, and how to harness it.
Humans are often fearful of the day the world will be ruled by machines, but have they not already taken over? The average person spends 4–5 hours a day on their phone, about a third of the time they are awake. We self-interrupt our work and social lives, forgo sleep, procrastinate important tasks and opt for digital distraction when we’re bored or feel uncomfortable.
NHS neurology doctor and neuroscientist Faye Begeti describes what is happening in our brain when we use our phones and why we have formed so many fixed and negative habits around them. She reflects on both deliberate choices and automatic behaviours, whilst also challenging myths around digital ‘addiction’, how dopamine actually works and the harmfulness of blue light.
Rather than recommending a quick fix digital diet, or total abstinence – unviable for most people – The Phone Fix offers a practical guide, based on neuroscientific techniques, on building supportive digital habits. Technology is not inherently bad or frightening and by better understanding what is happening in our brains, we can replenish our willpower and improve our focus, forming a healthier relationship with our phones – and therefore the real people around us.
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Average rating from 8 members
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.
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.