Seven Super Successful People On Their Relationships With Smartphones

Seven Super Successful People On Their Relationships With Smartphones

Technology | Posted by - March 15, 2018 at 12:30 am

It’s no secret that mobile phone use is at an all-time high; nearly three-quarters of people from age 18 to 44 sleep with their phones within reach. Thrive Global recently asked business leaders around the world whether they sleep with their phones--for being such high-in-demand people, you might be surprised that most of them said no. YouInc rounded up the best examples to inspire you to put your phone down more often: 


“When I get in bed, it’s bed time. I put my phone in ‘silent’ mode, and it’s truly silent. I actually bought a ring tone that makes no sound at all for texts or calls. I use this mode when I sleep, during meetings, during meals, etc… any time I don’t want to hear it, but still be able to get a message or see a missed call. During the day, I’m unfortunately on my phone quite a bit, but mainly for work purposes.” - Derek Belch, Founder and CEO,  STRIVR Labs

“It sleeps next to me, muted and turned screen down. You must be the boss of your phone, not the other way around.” - Jill Herzig, former Editor-In-Chief of Dr. Oz The Good Life


“Love/Hate. Amazed that it does so many things. Love it as a way for quick and helpful communications, but hate what it's doing to suck so many people into too much insignificant data, and taking away from human connections. NO, it does not sleep with me- it is charged upstairs in the office.” - Mark Levy, global HR leader 

“Golden rule–the phone stays downstairs when I go up to bed. As I have a global job, I do tend to check emails early morning and last thing before I go up to bed, but I then create distance between work and sleep by reading–usually fiction–even if only a few pages.” - Robin White, Vice President of HR, Kimberly Clark 

“I do check my phone all day long but many times that’s because I am in meetings or on the road, however, I plug my phone in to charge in the bathroom overnight, it does not sleep with me.” - Becky Schmitt, Walmart’s Senior VP of Global People 


“We are codependent. It sleeps next to me, which is bad, I know. But I am trying to establish healthy boundaries by leaving it in my bag during dinners with friends and loved ones, so I can focus on them and enjoy the food. At home, unless one of us is on deadline, my partner and I have a “no phones at the table” rule. It’s actually really easy because we like talking to each other.” - Jill Filipovic, journalist 

“No, I am present when most people are absorbed by their phones.” - Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald LP 

Now, could you go without your phone for a few hours each day? Challenge yourself to put your phone down more often, and see how you feel. 

What’s your relationship with your phone? Share with our community in the comments below.

Tags: communication, healthy sleep, mental health, mobile, mobile devices, smartphone

Kristen Marano

Kristen Marano covers women and their work for publications around the world. She has interviewed some of the most influential business leaders in Canada and the most passionate change makers in towns and cities as isolated as Perth, Western Australia. Most recently she interviewed Canadian businesswoman Zita Cobb about reinvigorating the economy in Newfoundland through the arts. Kristen's work encourages women to share honest and open perspectives about the emotional challenges of their journeys.

Shirley Bailey
August 19, 2017 at 10:29 am
My phone is a Bell Telephone land line in my office and no I don't take that to bed with me. I feel sorry for the many people I see in airports fiddling with their phones while I'm reading a good book on business, fiction or definitely something enlightening. I run 3 businesses (Shirley Bailey Enterprises... formerly For the Love of Cats!) and I'm very successful financially and I don't have a cell phone. Try it you'll love it.
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