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Smartphones aren’t the problem: Don’t ask me to leave mine behind

We are adults, and we should be able to make responsible decisions
  • There isn’t anything wrong with smartphones, but sometimes there is something wrong with the way people use them.
  • There are people who spend their whole day with their face looking down at their phone.
  • As grown-ups we get to decide what is best for us -- including when we use our smartphones.

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A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend an amazing weekend in the woods way up in northern Minnesota. I attended a camp for entrepreneurs and artists and assorted “dreamers” and “doers.” It was all made possible because of my smartphone. We listened to speakers, went on long hikes, drank adult beverages and roasted marshmallows around a campfire. It was an experience like none that I have ever had, and I feel fortunate that I got to go. And I plan to attend again next year. There were times when we were totally off the grid in areas where there is no cell phone service, but never for more than a few hours. We were told to leave our laptops at home. I brought my iPad and never took it out of my bag. Knowing that I could be easily reached most of the time made the event fun and stress-free for me, and knowing that I could access files and get documents signed, if needed, helped make the event guilt free. Family members contacted me a couple of times with comments and...