215: Jeremy Ryan Slate, part 2: How long have you gone without a phone?

September 3, 2019 by Joshua
in Podcast

When was the last time you went without a cell phone for more than a few hours? Jeremy went longer than he expected, but as chance favors the prepared mind, he was ready to take advantage of an opportunity.

It sounds to me like he enjoyed using less power, however modest the reduction, he did it and discovered fun and improved relationships. Once we created machines to save labor. Now I see we create machines to create craving, which makes us miserable. Or at least the absence seems to enrich our lives.

I’m thinking about taking more digital vacations. Everyone says they’re hard but rewarding—like Jeremy or Vincent Stanley, Director at Patagonia, in an earlier episode—a pattern I find signals experiments I like.

His experience leads me to wonder what lower limit I could get to in using my cell phone.

The big picture is that I hear little things lead to big, important things.

What can you start with?

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