Wendy Wood Can Help You Put Down Your Phone

Wake up. Check phone.

Finish sending email. Check phone. 

Scale Mount Everest, in a feat of superhuman endurance. Check phone. 

Somehow, you’re always reaching for your phone… even when you’re already on it scrolling mindlessly.

That’s because it’s a habit. And habits are incredibly powerful. But, most of us aren’t using the power of habits to our advantage. And doing so can have huge benefits. 

But, if they’re automatic, how can you take a more active role in your habits?

Get ready to take more control of your automaticity because habits expert Wendy Wood is here to help.

In her book, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick, Wendy will loop you in on all things less. She does some myth-busting on habits (the “21 days to form a habit” is a big, ol’ rumor) and teaches you several different ways to take the reins on your habit brain. 

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience the power of habits with hands-on activities co-created directly with Wendy Wood. You’ll get a trial run with each of the tools introduced and see first-hand which would work best in your life. And, after trying them out, there will be a clearer path to keep using them going forward.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about habits, in Pique, you’ll get to experience them. 

One way you’ll do that? You’ll form better technology habits.

You’re likely someone who checks your work email after the conventional workday is done. We can say this because in the latest Gallup data 59 percent of U.S. workers who had work email accounts did so. This isn’t limited to emails though. Americans check their phones 8 billion times a day, which means an average of 46 times per person. 

On top of that, five out of ten U.S. drivers in a survey reported reading phone messages behind the wheel, and a third reported writing messages. And… it gets worse. In a survey of medical technicians, about half admitted to talking on a cell phone during heart surgery when they were supposed to be monitoring bypass machines. 

We do it because it’s a habit — and we develop habits because they help us save time and mental energy. But shaking up your context forces you out of habits. During a UK public transit worker strike, many riders had to reroute their commutes. Afterwards, five percent never returned to their old route. Why? The strike forced them to find better commutes, which they never would’ve done if they kept mindlessly commuting as usual. 

We can bring disruption upon ourselves by altering the contexts surrounding our technology. In Pique, you’ll get in the way of your tech habits, so you don’t become a part of any of the terrible statistics above.

Ready to dive into the power of habits and fix tech habits?

Setting habits is a difficult beast. Thankfully, Good Habits, Bad Habits by Wendy Wood is the companion you need to make it just a bit easier. She’ll walk you through everything you need to know and help you practice when it might be difficult to otherwise start. It and many more great behavioral science books are available in the Pique app right now. 

So make it a habit to use Pique today!

Illustration of Wendy Wood
Researcher Wendy Wood