Did you know that 84 percent of people can’t spend a single day without using their smartphone? What about the fact that most people now check their smartphone at least 200 times a day?
This addictive behavior, which is encouraged by how our smartphones and apps are designed, can have destructive real-life consequences. It can disrupt our relationships, sleep, and ability to focus even when we are not using our smartphone. It can even turn deadly when it takes the form of distracted driving.
If the kinds of problems I’ve described resonate with you in your own life and the lives of your family members, friends, and colleagues, then Tap Into Mindfulness is the course for you. Through this course, I teach people how to be less distracted by their smartphone as well as other technology and how to retake control of their time so they can be more focused, productive, and creative.
Robert Plotkin, the founder of Technology for Mindfulness, is both an engineer and a long-time mindfulness practitioner. His background in computer science and engineering dates back over thirty years to his days programming an Atari 800 personal computer, through a degree in Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, and nearly two decades as a patent attorney specializing in patent protection for computer technology. His relationship to Zen Buddhism stems primarily from his study of Japanese martial arts for more than three decades. His fascination with the relationship and interactions between computer technology and the mind is reflected in his book on the automation of creativity in the field of inventing, The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law and Business (Stanford, 2009).