Reflections

6

April

2018

6th April 2018

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The social media companies are using psychology and millions of dollars in design strategies to pull you to your phone more and more and to consume more of your time and attention.

Before the mid semester break we began to look at small steps we can take to lessen the power social media companies have over our time and attention. Did any of you try to “go grey” with your phone or device over the break? A few parents did email me after the last article about turning the phone screen to greyscale to say that they were surprised at how it was changing some of the behavior and interaction with their phones.

Here are a few more ways that you can begin to wrestle back control from your phones:

  • Turn off all notifications except for ones that come directly from people. A number of the notifications on your phone are actually sent to you by a computer (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). Go to your settings and to notifications and turn them off and leave on only those that notify you if a person is trying to connect with you (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.
  • Change your home screen to only include tools and not social media. Simply putting the social media apps vying for your attention on the next screen means that a quick glance to your phone does not have the same pull. Remember they are designing it to pull you in from a simple look or glance. 
  • Charge your phone outside of your bedroom. This might mean getting an alarm clock but putting your phone in another room to charge will prevent you from spending time on your phone first thing in the morning. It also helps stop you from ending your day on your phone as well.

The social media companies are using psychology and millions of dollars in design strategies to pull you to your phone more and more and to consume more of your time and attention. Until we start taking steps to nullify them, they will continue to take away more and more of our lives. Once we start wrestling back some control, then we can model that for our kids and help them do the same.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

Happy 4718

There are so many wonderful traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year, but its most important characteristic is the value it places on reunion.

What’s New, Part II

At the start of last semester, I wrote an article about all the new things on campus. Well, it’s a new semester again and there are a number of “new” things to highlight.

Welcome to 2020

In 2020 we look forward to working with you and your children to create an exceptional education experience where there is a love and excitement for learning!

The Wisdom of the Wise Men

There are numerous traditions regarding this visit with many of them not based in fact but more on myth or speculation. Here are a few of the myths about this famous visit.

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