How to Break Up With Your Phone Media Kit
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“Catherine Price [is] the Marie Kondo of brains.” —The New York Times
Catherine Price is a science journalist, speaker and consultant whose work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Parade, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Self, Medium, Health Magazine, and Outside, among others. Catherine is also the founder of Screen/Life Balance, a movement dedicated to helping people scroll less and live more.
Her latest book, How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press, 2018) is devoted to helping people create healthier relationships with their digital devices. It's being published in 27 countries and translated into 19 languages and has received attention from major media outlets around the world. Before that, she wrote VITAMANIA: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (Penguin Press, 2015).
As a consultant, coach and workshop leader, Catherine helps individuals and organizations create healthier personal and professional relationships with their phones (and other devices), and establish best practices to encourage creativity, productivity and mental health.
Catherine's other books also include Mindfulness: A Journal, the parody travel guide 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks, 2010) and The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (HarperCollins, 2009).
A graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Catherine is a recipient of a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Reporting, a two-time Société de Chimie Industrielle fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an ASME nominee, a 2013 resident at the Mesa Refuge, a fellow in both the Food and Medical Evidence Boot Camps at the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and winner of the Gobind Behari Lal prize for science writing.
About How to Break Up With Your Phone
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.
About Screen/Life Balance
Screen/Life Balance is the new Work/Life Balance. It refers to the art of creating a healthy balance between the time you spend staring at screens and the time you spend doing everything else in your life.
Why is this necessary? If you add up the hours you spend each day interacting with your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or television, you may realize that you’re spending the majority of your waking life staring at a screen.
Sure, much of this screen time is useful or necessary, even enjoyable. But there are a lot of other times when our screens distract us from things that are truly important to us—whether it’s the people we love, or the activities that bring us meaning and joy. What’s more, we often conflate “screen time” with “work time,” thinking that sitting in front of a computer or checking our phones means that we are being productive. But as anyone with an internet connection knows, that’s frequently not the case.
Once you recognize that there’s a problem, the question, of course, is what to do about it—which can be especially difficult when we’re attempting to rebalance our relationships with devices and apps whose business models depend on hooking us.
I created Screen/Life Balance to help people (myself included) define — and achieve—a personalized balance. The goal of Screen/Life Balance is to provide you with information, resources and tools that enable you to take back control over how you spend your attention and time.
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