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Chapter 1: Awakening

Last updated: Dec 02, 2023

I started noticing issues with my attention span and ability to focus on reading books, likely due to the constant distractions and fragmentation from my smartphone. This prompted me to experiment with removing my smartphone from my life for 6 weeks. During this time, I rediscovered the joy of reading books, printing content out to read offline, and even classical music. Without the constant incoming notifications and information, I found my focus and calm improving. However, living without a smartphone created family communication issues, as well as other inconveniences. I returned to using a smartphone, but in a more intentional and limited way.

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