Tech Insider Encourages Curbing Time Online

Brunswick welcomed Max Stossel — award-winning poet and filmmaker and Head of Education & Content for the Center for Humane Technology — to the Upper School on Thursday, September 20.

The Center for Humane Technology is an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests — calling for a future “when we moved away from technology that extracts attention and erodes society, towards technology that protects our minds and replenishes society.”

Stossel urged the audience of students and faculty to take control of their smartphones — and offered many simple strategies and changes that all could employ in their technological lives.
  • Turn off all notifications not from people
  • Go Grayscale 
  • Charge your device outside your bedroom — and get a separate alarm clock than your phone
  • Go cold turkey: Remove social media from your phone (even if just for a month)
“Think about yourself and whether you’re using technology or it’s using you,” Stossel said. “Be sure to pay attention to regulating your time and use — and understand what life is like when you’re not connected.”
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