Learning to look up again – controlling your smartphone addiction | Ross Sleight | TEDxLeamingtonSpa

Ross Sleight has worked in digital media and experiences for over 20 years. Here Ross explores both the personal and social impact of our addictive smartphone use.

Why do our mobile virtual homes take precedence over our real physical homes? Does our obsessive behaviour make us less interactive and engaging with real people? Are we becoming less human and morphing into ‘smombies’ (smartphone zombies)? And if so, what can we do about it to break our habits, change our behaviour and instead of spending our time looking down bathed in the reflective glare of our 5 inch screens learn to look up again? Ross has been involved in digital media for over 20 years. He’s founded four award-winning digital agencies, was a founder of Virgin Games and today is the Chief Strategy Officer for Somo – an accelerator that delivers rapid, actionable innovation for its global clients. Ross is a digital advisor to several influential companies, an investor and advisor to various innovative start-ups and a regular conference speaker. He’s also judged, and won, many industry awards.

Through his passion for art, music and design, Ross is a digital advisor to LIFT (the London International Festival of Theatre) and a director of Leamington’s Art in the Park festival alongside his wife and festival organiser Carole. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx



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  1. I have an old 2007 Tracfone , No Camera or Texting , I use this only as a Phone . I have Modern
    Phones some quite expensive I never buy a Sim for these or use them much . I do the Internet on a
    2011 core i5 Laptop and when I leave on a bike , on foot or in an older car I am not visible to be
    tracked by Apple or Google . I Hate Smart Phones . You won't find me looking into my Hands : QC

  2. My new habit: I check my emails, social media and messages 3 times a day only: earliest at 10:30 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – that works for me and could work for you too. Just give it a try. It’s relaxing and very efficiently 📈📊

  3. Today in school , my teacher had us watch a motivational video about success, and I was really engage to it. However, the rest of the students in class weren’t , they were staring at their phones. Literally I was only one paying attention. I honestly feel like the only teen in my school who isn’t a phone addict.

  4. I think I have been addicted to my phone so much that I am a different person now and I keep doing it cause it can distract me from anything and feel good but I know it's not good hope I get rid of it

  5. What's on a smart phone?
    Camera 📷
    Social media
    Viral video
    Educational videos
    Video games.
    Banking account
    Brokage account
    Flashlight 🔦

    And especially this video.

  6. nah trust me, it won't make me more social irl but after i quit all social media except youtube last week, i now got less worries and more time to waste where i actually want

  7. Conversation is more difficult than looking at a phone-there can be awkward moments-and most people cannot manage it. Will they have an anxiety attack if it is taken away ?

  8. Reducing my time on my smartphone to the absolute minimum really changed my life. My social interactions, ability to focus and concentrate, and my general happiness increased sooo much.. I can just recommend it to each and everybody to insistently work on this!!!

  9. I have turned of my WhatsApp notifications ,have uninstalled the Facebook app and have made all remaining app notifications silent for months now, except SMS's and missed calls, which cumulatively are not more than 5 a day.

  10. Your message is so important in these times Ross! I actively turned off my notifications after I first heard your talk even in the draft stages. I'm completely with you on this as it links back to our disconnection with humanity too! And well done on all the views!!! 22k and counting!!!

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