It’s our constant companion. It’s typically right beside us when we go to sleep at night, and right there to greet us every morning. It even accompanies us to the restroom. This constant companion is none other than our smartphone. Since the release of the first iPhone in 2007, followed by the Android in 2008, smartphones have totally revolutionized the way we orient our daily lives. With these portable, hand-held computers, we now have instant access to information, news, people, television programming, video games and music…all with the touch of a finger. But at what cost? In other words, is there a downside to all this “instant availability?”
Journalist, Tony Reinke seeks to answer this question in his recently released book, 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. But the book isn’t an attack against the evils of smartphones. Rather, Reinke’s goal is to challenge readers to “cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, avoid the various pitfalls, and wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.” The twelve ways identified by Reinke include; being addicted to distraction, ignoring our flesh and blood, craving immediate approval, losing our literacy, feeding on (what Reinke calls) “the produced”, becoming like what we “like,” getting lonely, becoming comfortable in secret vices, and more. Get the book and discover the rest for yourself.