Feel Guilty About the Amount of Time You Spend on Your Phone? Here’s a Must Read
The first thing you should know is that you’re not alone. Overuse of technology is widespread, and there’s more than a few studies to prove it. Take for example a study that states 3% of American adults sleep with their phone in their hand. Or another that suggests 10% of teenagers in the UK check their phones at least 10 times during the night. Things are not great, and this mess is precisely why the work of Mindful Technology founder Liza Kindred is game-changing.
Mindful Technology is a company that believes “humans matter more than machines, technology should serve us, not the other way around, and the most meaningful connections are those between people, not devices.” The work they do is an inside job. Instead of working with consumers, they believe there’s a lot to be done in the development phase of technology, and so they help companies create human-centric products.
“ I think it’s important for people to start to understand that overuse of technology is not the consequence of a personal character flaw or a lack of willpower, technology is designed to be addictive and disruptive.”
Liza, who is also an experienced meditation teacher, began this venture after having worked for years in wearable tech helping clients build “disruptive devices.” “A lot of times that meant that these products where actually disrupting people’s lives, and in my personal life, I was meditating, going to retreats, and focusing on being present, the exact opposite of the disruptive ethos. I just got to a place where I thought ‘I have to put my money where my mouth is’”, she told Mindful Feminism.
We learned so much from our conversation with Liza, and the thing that blew our minds was her take on reframing the way we think about neutrality and tech.
Here’s the deal, a lot of people keep saying technology is neutral and unbiased, it turns out that’s not exactly the case. Disputing this myth is essential. First, because it allows you to hold tech companies accountable for the products they’re creating (we’ll explain why that’s important below), and second, because it changes the way you examine your personal relationship to technology -AKA the guilt that led you to read this article in the first place.