“Lawyers Need a Digital Detox” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the November 2018 issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer. The Wisconsin Lawyer is a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Excerpt: Very few lawyers seem to have control over their digital devices. To the contrary, the devices themselves seem to be in control, demanding the nearly nonstop attention of lawyers. It might seem odd to hear two geeks talk about digital detoxing, but we recognized the need for it years ago. Perhaps, as geeks, we were on the bleeding edge of this phenomenon.
Author Nelson was not pleased that author Simek could not have dinner in a nice restaurant with his wife without regularly checking his phone. That was the beginning. In time, marital negotiations (and renegotiations) resulted in some rules!
Our phones may be in our pockets but they are not invited to participate in nice dinners. Our phones, unless an emergency is in progress, are not checked after dinner. And our phones charge in the family room – they are not permitted in the bedroom. The majority of lawyers do have their phones charging in their bedrooms on their bedside tables – or, worse yet, in their beds.