Screen Sense

You Won't Believe How Many 9-Year-Olds Have Their Own Cellphone

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A survey of more than 5,400 Canadian kids in grades 4 through 11 found a majority had their own cellphone, while nearly one in four of the y...

Your Slow Computer Is Seriously Ruining Your Health

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

A new survey finds that on average, Americans spend two hours a week waiting on their slow computers, which leaves people drained, stressed, and less ...

Why I Covered Toronto Fashion Week Without My Smartphone

Julia Brucculieri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Julia Brucculieri

Last week I attempted to cover Toronto Fashion Week while completely unplugged from modern technology. It was a challenge of sorts, to see what would happen if I disconnected myself from all things digital while attending one of the biggest fashion events in Canada.

Smartphones Ruined How I Travel

Brian Trinh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Brian Trinh

It's a Thursday night in Tel Aviv and despite my best efforts to dress for hours of bar hopping, I feel incredibly naked. Wallet? Yup. Underwear? Oh yeah. Shoes? I've got both of them. The one thing I'm missing is my phone.

Here's How These Busy Canadians Unplug (Or Not)

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada

Smartphones. iPads. Laptops. More and more Canadians are leaving the house with at least one of these devices each day. As it becomes easier (and more...

How to Be Peaceful and Effective at Work

Laurie Arron | Posted 12.18.2013 | Canada Living
Laurie Arron

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg Mindfulness is simple, but it's not easy. When I'm on my computer, I can forget to check in with myself for hours. Then, when I do, I may notice that my shoulders are all tense, or that I've been wasting time checking email when I need to get something more important done.

Do You Use Wireless Devices? Follow These 5 Simple Safety Tips

Frank Clegg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Frank Clegg

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg Any time a device is not powered down, the device is still receiving and emitting electromagnetic radiation. Reduce your exposure by storing your device in your purse or computer bag. At family time, consider having a spot where everyone stores their devices so that no one is distracted or exposed.

How Parents Can Help Bring Mindfulness to Kids' Mindless Lives of Texting, TV, Facebook and Gaming

Marilyn Linton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg One mom's strategy is having cellphones put in a bowl inside the front door. "They're picked up when we give the go-ahead -- after homework or hockey, but then just for 15 minutes." One dad says he makes his kids earn extra screen time through extra chores and helping neighbours.

Put Down Your Smart Phone and Pick Up Your Heart Phone

Eoin Finn | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg I am trying to teach my two and half year old son how to pray. I tell him it's like talking on the phone to his grandparents but through a "heart phone." Five minutes is equivalent to four sentences of an email so invest that time being "unplugged" in nature. You may just plug into something profound.

Why You Should Ditch The Phone When Travelling

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel

In an age where a traveller's phone is also their GPS, their boarding pass and their camera, the thought of leaving your phone at home while abroad seems almost crazy.

The Technology of Tuning In

Michael Apollo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Apollo

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg Can we really create a technology that actually helps us tune in and support being mindful? And if it's possible, how could this impact our life and the lives of those around us? I believe it is possible. In fact, a mass movement has already started.

Arti Patel

20 Most Annoying Digital Habits | Arti Patel | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Living

They love posting countless selfies and pictures of food, babies and pets. Or maybe they're the more passive digital technology addicts who just can't...

LOOK: This Will Make You Even More Glued To Your Phone

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Business

Technology is constantly coming up with new ways to manage our time, tasks and social connections, and our smartphones are increasingly the hub for al...

I Divorced TV

Meghan Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

2013-10-09-ScreenSenseEnglish300.jpg My decision to leave my career in TV, and to not own a television, have made it much easier for me to really see, smell, taste and feel all that this life has to offer. I urge you to turn off your set this week, if only for one eve. And witness the best story line there is: yours.

Claire Sibonney

Margaret Atwood On Progress, Fear And Social Media | Claire Sibonney | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living

In her apocalyptic trilogy that culminated in the recent release of MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood paints a dark picture of how bioengineering and modern ...

THIS Is How You Become Happier

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Living

iPhones and other gadgets can be useful, but they don't make us happy -- but people and human relationships do, at least according to a new Swedish st...

The Best Places To Unplug In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Travel

To travel today often means to travel with a smartphone. Like a trusted friend, your smartphone knows where to go, where to eat (especially where not ...

Sorry, Louis C.K., But My Smartphone Saved Me

Sarah Kurchak | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Kurchak

I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before the proliferation of the smartphone, I was constantly screwing up even the most basic of social tenets and losing friends, if I ever made them to begin with. While Louis C.K. and his supporters assert that you need face to face contact and the ability to see another person's expressions to build empathy, I've found that occasionally removing the pressures of that contact has allowed me, for the first time in my life, to express all of the empathy that I have always had for my loved ones and fellow humans. It has allowed me to prove that I am a person.