That’s what led Ellyn Shook, chief human resources officer for global consulting firm Accenture, to go low-tech. After failing in her attempt to ban her iPhone from her bedside table, early last summer she bought a flip-phone. It wasn’t to be a permanent replacement for her smartphone, but a substitute to be switched on when she needed to be switched off from work.
It worked. As a result of her step back in time to use old technology she was able to spend whole days on the beach at the weekend without checking her phone, she said.
As for Groner, he said he won’t upgrade to a smartphone. “People tell me I could just leave it in my pocket and not turn it on. But I don’t trust myself,” he said. “If it was available I’d end up just as addicted as they are.”
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