Our digital lives may be making us more distracted, distant and drained, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

For instance, even minor phone use during a meal with friends was enough to make the diners feel distracted and reduced their enjoyment of the experience, one study found.

Source: Dealing with digital distraction

One of the best things I’ve ever done is to turn off almost all of the notifications on my phone. My default text tone is silence, my default ringtone is silence, and I’ve gone through and changed the app notifications to turn off sounds.

I get strange looks from some who cannot comprehend not getting notifications. But, I now deal with my phone on my own terms, looking at it when I want to, not when it wants me to.

It’s quite liberating.