Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina is a coach, TEDx and public speaker, and author of Homo Distractus. She is the founder of Consciously Digital,
Below is the full text of her TEDx Talk titled “Could you live without a smartphone?” at TEDxWandsworth conference.
This sculpture by Sophie Ryder in the UK seat of Salisbury had to be moved, because people busy texting on their mobile phones kept bumping their heads into it.
Does it happen to you to text, phone, check your Facebook timeline or maybe catch a Pokémon while you’re walking? And who does that?
How many of these times do you actually have to go on line?
Well, we check our devices, about 221 times per day according to Tecmark, or about every 4.3 minutes of the time we don’t sleep.
What is going on?
Well, we live in the economy that is based on distraction. The more Internet pages you browse through, the more advertising an Internet company can show you, and so the more money they make.
Their success metrics are based around how much time you spent using their app, or you were on their website, not on how productive or focused you are.
Two years ago, around the same time of the year, I decided to give up my smartphone, and replace it with a very basic no Internet phone.