On becoming more interesting

“Devices have become security blankets. Take the time to wean yourself. Start by scheduling a few Internet-free hours each day, with your phone turned off. It’s the only way you’ll be able to read anything seriously, whether it’s Plato or Derrida on Plato. (And remember, you’ll get more out of reading Derrida on Plato if you read Plato first.) This will also have the benefit of making you harder to reach, and thus more mysterious and fascinating to new friends and acquaintances.”

Ditch Your Laptop, Dump Your Boyfriend,” The New York Times

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