Is your phone ruling your life? Does your brain need a break? During our recent conversation with Catherine Price, science journalist and author of How To Break Up With Your Phone, we learned the science behind why our phones are so enticing, and how we can effectively untether ourselves from our gadgets (and then, make them work for us). Kristen describes this episode as “life changing” if that’s any indication of how helpful it was. If you need help managing your own screen time issues, you’ll want to put your phone down (ha), and listen to this episode.

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Topics from the show 

-How our phones are designed to keep our attention

-Why multitasking is actually impossible and not good for your brain (shout out to Brain Games – we love that show)

-How phones are affecting our brain

-What you can do if you work on your phone

-Why checking emails all day is not so good (and ways to help you manage them)

-Why infinity apps are the biggest offenders when it comes to screen time addiction

How to break up with your phone by Catherine Price | Spawned Episode 156 guest

Plus, we chat about Catherine’s book How To Break Up With Your Phone, along with her 30-day plan and her new Screen / Life Balance project if you need some extra help (or know someone who does).

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Related podcast episodes

We’ve actually covered this topic a lot on Spawned. Here are a few other episodes you might enjoy if this topic piques your interest as much as it does ours.

How to make time for the things you love with Jake Knapp

The great screen time debate: Where do the experts stand? 

How much screen time is too much? 

Is raising unplugged kids a terrible idea with Jordan Shapiro


About our sponsor: The Floor is Lava 

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Our Cool Picks of the Week 

Metal straws: A simple, affordable way to cut back your plastic consumption

Catherine: The Inbox when Ready and Freedom apps, both of which are helpful for productivity and unplugging. Also, HippoSak, which are apparently the best garbage bags (plus, it’s fun to say – even better in plural form. Try it – ha). And if you’re looking to untether yourself from your phone at bedtime, try the Bagby alarm clock.

Kristen: Beautycounter! Kristen recently took the plunge and gave it a try. She’s loving the cleansing balm and the Dew Skin tinted moisturizer so far.

Liz: Thanks to her daughter Thalia, Liz has now invested in several metal straws. They’re an easy way to cut back on plastic.

Our Cool Podcast of the Week is… The Mom Hour. We’ve been long time friends and fans of Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers whose weekly conversations offer practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. They talk about everything from opting out to things they shouldn’t have freaked out about. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts!