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Social media itself is not the problem – we just have to learn how to use it more carefully

Anne-Marie Tomchak


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We have been using our smartphones and screens more than ever throughout the pandemic. Stock image: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc

We have been using our smartphones and screens more than ever throughout the pandemic. Stock image: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc

We have been using our smartphones and screens more than ever throughout the pandemic. Stock image: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc

I have a confession to make: I have looked at my phone about six times before writing down a single word of today’s column. Was the phone ringing? No. Was I getting a text message? No. Was there a reminder on my calendar? No. Was there anything, anything at all, even vaguely important to check? Big fat no.

If you count discovering the crucial breaking news that Sue Gray’s report has been delivered to Downing Street, then yes, I’ve come back a teeny-weeny bit wiser after catching up on my notifications. But overall, the experience of dipping into a smartphone for nothing in particular feeds into a general sense of distraction and a lack of focus.


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