The numbers are both ridiculous and idiotic. According to a study from research firm Dscout, the average person touches their phone 2,617 times, checks email 74 times and receives 46 notifications — all in a single day.

That’s a real problem when you consider another number: 168, which is how many hours we have in a week. While that number is the same for everyone, the difference is in how the hours are allocated.

When you’re tied to your phone and constantly texting and emailing, you invest time that cannot be allocated to other, more important, tasks. Of course, you want to be responsive, but you don’t have to be like Pavlov’s dog with every incoming email, text or notification.

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