The guys over at 99% had a great post on “check-in” addiction: our obsession with our mobile/tech devices. Though 99% is resourced for more business types, their thoughts clearly have spiritual implications. So leaders, listen up!
Here’s a snapshot of the four points they give worth considering:
1. Understand your emotional connection to your device.
In the book Thumb Culture, author Jane Vincent talks about the range of emotions she observed between people and their mobile devices. “Although few people think about their mobile phone in emotional terms,” she noted, “they do appear to be using it to achieve emotional goals.”
2. Tune in with “intention” not “impulse.
Our devices tap into our impulsive side, our penchant for seeking information. If you’re concerned about your business or a loved one, you’ll impulsively glance at your messages. Even if it’s midnight, you might still scroll through your email despite the low probability of a message. Rather than “no news is good news,” we think “any news is good news.”
3. Use your device for communication “sprints,” then take a break.
There’s nothing wrong with checking your device. The problem is getting sucked into the device! You decide to quickly check your email or texts, and before you know it you’re checking Twitter, Facebook, or any number of other apps. The extensive options that our devices put at our fingertips are very effective at engaging our attention. To escape their siren song, we must be disciplined in our approach.
4. Observe good “attention etiquette.”
Our devices should empower – not impede – better communication. When you’re alone, it’s no problem to check your device whenever you need to (keeping the above insights in mind). But, in social settings – meeting with a client or going out on a date – it’s time to start contemplating some guidelines for proper “attention etiquette.”
Read the whole post here.