Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rediscover Balance

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rediscover Balance

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Byline: Greg Dawkins

THE last thing you would expect from a keynote speaker at a technology conference is a call to put your phone away.

But that is exactly what New York businesswoman Arianna Huffington claimed we all need to do to improve our well-being. She has teamed up with Samsung to create an app called Thrive with an aim to help balance technology and humanity.

Huffington suggests the first step is to not put your phone by your bedside.

"I know you love it, just don't sleep with it," she said.

The Huffington Post and Thrive Global founder insists taking a breather from our devices will help us reconnect with ourselves, our loved ones and our work.

"I can't think of anybody who is more pro technology than I am ... what I have learnt is that we are longing to also remember that the human operating system needs downtime - it's not a bug, it's a feature," Huffington said at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.

"In this always-on hyper-connected world we live in, technology is at the centre of everything we are doing, we are sometimes becoming overwhelmed and there is that longing to take back control and to take charge of our lives. …

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