We are a society built on speed and convenience. And we’re used to having everything we want at the touch of a button. It’s becoming more and more acceptable for devices to appear in any social function.
Smartphones and other devices are ingrained in our culture, and it’s a trend that happened rather quickly. I try to be welcoming of change, but I feel like the use of cell phones rose so rapidly, we weren’t able to really focus on the best ways to use them.
In her book, Calm, Cool, and Connected, Arlene Pellicane shares some practical advice on how we can use our devices in more productive ways.
What I Liked
There was a practical approach
Pellicane writes in a way that is accessible to anyone, and through her writing, she gives the advice to help us be less connected to our devices and more connected with the world around us. Each chapter ends with a section she calls “Creating Calm”, which gives a practical way to apply what she wrote about in the chapter.
It was thought-provoking
I’m not sure we are always aware of how much time we spend on our devices. How many of us reach for our phones anytime there is a lull in conversation? How many times do we look at our phones to check a quick email, but then spend the next 20 minutes scrolling through Facebook?
By being willing to ask tough questions, Pellicane’s book made me think about how often I reached for my phone.
It’s always great when a book that holds many little snippets of wisdom is also super short. The length of Calm, Cool, and Connected was perfect for the topic being covered. Pellicane didn’t waste time filling up pages with more (but unnecessary) words. She just said what needed to be said and called it good. There is something to be said for brevity!
Honestly, some parts are a little cheesy. In fact, there is one section that offers ideas of things to do outside. I just felt like that wasn’t exactly needed.
That being said, I was challenged by what Pellicane wrote. If there are 24 hours in a day and roughly 16 of those are claimed by working and sleeping, I’m not entirely sure I want to spend my remaining 8 mindlessly scrolling.
There are ways we can maximize our effectiveness with our devices, and Pellicane touches on that as well. Our phones aren’t just fidget toys; they can be insanely useful. It’s through my phone that I keep in contact with my friends on a regular basis. A short text or a long FaceTime chat can be super encouraging to both parties. However, I want to make sure that I’m not allowing my phone to become a distraction, something that’s keeping me from being truly connected to the here and now.
I did receive Calm, Cool, and Connected from Moody Publishers to review.