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September 2015

Enemies of creativity

I broke up with my phone. I’ve loved her for a long time, and I’ve broken up with her before. I’ll probably have to break up with her again, even though this time feels very final (they usually do). She is a very demanding (and cunning) little companion so I’m sure she’ll insinuate herself back into my life at some point. I realized something interesting a couple months ago: when my phone is on, I’m irritable. I’m checking it constantly, responding to its dings and chimes (or, if I’ve tried turning them off, I’m checking the screen repeatedly). Since I stay at home with my boys, both of whom interrupt me at the rate of seven times per second, I feel continuously torn between multiple attention-demanders. This makes me really edgy, because I cannot pay attention to two things at once, as much as I want to. And mostly I don’t want to. Also, when I’m writing, I interrupt myself to check my phone whether the ringer is off or not; sometimes this is necessary, like when I have a babysitter and I need to check texts in case she needs something for one of my kids. But mostly, it’s…

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