A call for writers to switch off the smartphone

To preserve productivity and creativity (and sanity), the author advises taking control of screen time.

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It takes effort to prevent these little devices from taking over our lives. According to a Pew Research Center report on how Americans use text messaging, 18- to 24-year-olds send or receive an average of 109.5 texts per day.

The average American adult now spends two hours and 51 minutes per day staring at a mobile phone screen, which adds up to about 86 hours a month. What impact is this having on our productivity?

In a post headlined, “A Writer’s Greatest Tool: The Smartphone,” David Pierce, who appears to be in his early 20s, has this to say:

I’m a writer, and I don’t carry a notebook around with me. Heck, I don’t even carry a pen. Do people even use those anymore? Pens. So old school. Instead, I just use my cell phone. In my life as a writer, there’s been no tool more useful or worth the investment than a smartphone. I’m convinced that it’s a writer’s greatest tool.

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