Be smarter, more empathetic, and have better relationships

But first, a question for you: Would you like to be smarter, more empathetic, and have better relationships? The majority of you would probably say yes. What if I told you you could improve all those things for free, with just one small act? Now you’re perhaps both intrigued and suspicious.

I promise, it’s not a trick. You can have all these things, and you need only do one thing: disconnect from your smartphone (not just set it down, but REALLY disconnect). Less excited about that prospect? Here’s some data to entice you:

New research found that our memory capacity, ability to process data, and general intelligence improves significantly when our smartphone is completely out of sight — in a bag or another room altogether. Think that turning it on silent, face down, will remedy the problem? Nope. The mere sight of the phone diminishes your cognitive resources.

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