I’ve seen and heard many people hold up their smartphones and say, “These things are ruining our lives.” I beg to disagree. Smartphones are not ruining our lives. They are wonderful devices with great capabilities. What is ruining your life is your inability to exercise discipline around the use of smartphones. The smartphone itself is not a bad thing. The bottom line is that you need to learn to be in charge of your technology as opposed to allowing your technology to be in charge of you. Technology is distracting only if you allow it to be so. Manage your technology so it does not affect your ability to concentrate.