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By Hanna, East Wenatchee Librarian

As we begin our annual Winter Reading Program and prepare to read more as a community, there are many obstacles to getting comfy and reading (or listening!) to books. One of the biggest distractions of reading is getting sucked into our screens, scrolling for hours, which can leave us feeling discontent, stressed, or numb once we finally log off. 

If screen time habits are not sparking joy, it might be a good time to examine and be more intentional about how we use our screens. The following books outline some hows and whys of rethinking the ways we engage with screens.

Attention Hijacked: Using Mindfulness to Reclaim Your Brain from Tech by Erica B Marcus

Using mindfulness techniques, this book teaches readers how to intentionally take charge of their technology use. Technology surrounds us every day, from a phone alarm to wake us to streaming platforms making sure we’re never without something to binge-watch. Marcus explains the importance of protecting your physical and mental well-being in a world where we are increasingly reliant on devices. She offers mindfulness techniques so you can learn how to intentionally take charge of your technology use. 

Outsmart Your Smartphone : Conscious Tech Habits for Finding Happiness, Balance & Connection IRL by Davis Tchiki 

Do you spend hours every day on your smartphone or tablet? Reading the news, shopping for clothes, checking your email, and catching up on social media? Do you scroll through blog articles and text with your friends while waiting in line at the DMV or the grocery store? If so, you aren’t alone. Most of us are stuck on a hedonic treadmill of push-button notifications, friend updates, and text messages. Outsmart Your Smartphone is not a book about the evils of technology — it’s a road map for achieving happiness using all the tools available to you, including your phone. 

How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price 

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up — and then make up — with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive and how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will enable you to take back control of your life — both on your phone and off.

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us — for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, to avoid the various pitfalls, and to wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.

Detox digital : el plan de 21 dias que esta revolucionando la forma en la que usamos la tecnologia. Reconecta ya con lo mas importante de tu vida! by Olga Gonzalez Dominguez

El programa Detox digital te ayudara a retomar control de tus habitos y disfrutar de tu presente utilizando la tecnologia digital a tu favor. Detox digital es el primer programa dirigido al publico, con enfasis en padres y educadores, que busca acabar con el uso excesivo de pantallas (celular, tablet, television, computadora…) y: Lograr un balance en todos los aspectos de tu vida. Conocer y controlar los nuevos transtornos provocados por uso excesivo de pantallas. Darte herramientas para mejorar tu comunicacion con las personas que amas. Desarrollar estrategias para ser mas productivo y enfocarte en tus metas.

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