We love technology and all the amazing things our devices allow us to do. But at the same time, tech has accelerated our lives beyond our capacity to keep up. We feel it, and it’s only getting worse.

According to a study by research firm Dscout, the top 10 percent of smartphone users touch their phones an average of 5,427 times each day. The rest of us are clocking in at 2,617 times per day, and over 70 percent of Americans sleep next to or with their phone. Most of us even have little resting places and refueling shrines in our houses — like little doll beds — where our technology can recharge, even if we can’t.

Thrive Global is all about how to boost your performance by prioritizing your well-being. We can’t talk about our well-being without talking about our relationship with technology. It’s a challenge POPSUGAR founder and President Lisa Sugar knows well. “We must become more aware of when we are tuning out and into phone zone. Our partners, kids, and coworkers notice. It’s up to each of us to find the right balance for our lives, and it’s not as simple as putting down or even shutting off your phone.”

The good news is that the past year has been a great awakening, which you can read about here, as more and more people are realizing that they need to take control of that relationship. That’s why at Thrive Global we built The Thrive App, which helps you take control of your relationship with technology by giving you the tools to take a break from your phone and set goals and limits for specific apps.

The big tech companies are entering the conversation as well. In “Apple Goes From Think Different to Live Different,” you can read about why the tools Apple recently introduced to help users set boundaries with technology are so important.

In “We’re Drowning in Data but Starved For Wisdom,” you can read about why the oncoming age of AI should be forcing us to have a conversation about what parts of our humanity we want to protect.

Like any relationship, our relationship with our technology needs constant care and attention. A great start is to sign up for the Thrive newsletter, which has the latest news, studies, and tips on how to manage your own relationship with tech.

Author(s)

  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.