New and Improved Advice

Get ready for Daniel’s next piece in the Pebble magazine!

By Emma Purce

Chris Hunter has moved on to greater and greener pastures, leaving the rest of us behind for a glamorous new life at Hofstra University. In his absence, I have taken over the long-coveted advice column. Sadly, I wasn’t allowed to have full and complete control something about a dictatorship and the power going to my head so I have to share the role with this random sophomore Daniel Braverman who isn’t even in the class.


Q: How can I spend less time looking at my phone?


A: Thank you for your question, Anonymous. I think that many millennials these days struggle with this exact problem. It seems that in this day and age, people are looking at their phones whenever possible. There are many methods that claim to help you spend less time on your phone and more time with your family and friends, but I find that my method is the only foolproof way to get off of your phone and get out into the world.


The first thing you’ll need is some duct tape. You’ll also need a friend or someone else you trust with your phone and with duct tape near your face. I know that you’re probably starting to get a little worried, and you’re wondering where I’m going with this, but I’m going to need you to trust me. Take your phone and face the screen out, and have your friend or other trusted individual gently tape your phone to your forehead. This is the ideal place to store your phone. You won’t be able to see your phone, so you won’t be tempted to be on it instead of socializing. If you’re worried that you may miss an important text or call, that’s why the screen is facing out. If you get a message, your friends can just read it and answer it for you!


If you’re looking for a more long-term solution, I have the perfect idea for you! There’s a proven method that keeps people from looking at their screen too much: shattering it! If your phone screen is too cracked to see anything on it, you won’t have a problem putting it down to spend more time doing other things. There are a few different ways you could go about cracking your phone. Dropping it is a method that seems to work for most, if not all, people. Whether you’d prefer to drop it from a high place, or down the stairs, or onto some rocks, you can experiment and find which method works the best for you and your phone. You can also hit your phone screen with something. Rocks are a perfect way to do this, too, but you can find other things lying around your house that would work, such as a hammer or any other type of tool.


If you think that these methods may not work for you, have no fear; I have a backup plan. Take your phone and put it somewhere secure, either in your backpack or a drawer or any other place where you won’t worry about it. Then, just leave it there. Watch a movie with your family, bake some cookies with your friends, or just go outside and spend some time exploring. If you’re doing something and having fun, you won’t even realize that you don’t have your phone on you. Even if you do somehow get tempted to check your phone, by not having it on you you’ll be forced to instead focus on the present world, and not be preoccupied with the cyber world.