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A reading guide for the Simmons 2023 Community Read How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life written by Catherine Price.

Book cover of How To Break Up with Your Phone


"Price has no problem with people using their phones… as long as that’s what they want to be doing."

"Price’s book is a quick and approachable read about all of the things digital devices and sites do to keep people using them."

"This is what this book offers: good reasons to break up with your phone and effective ways to stop it from controlling your life."

"As soon as I began reading just the first few pages, my eyes were wide and glued."

About the Book

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.  

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will enable you to take back control of your life.  

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, How to Break Up With Your Phone is an essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.