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How big tech companies are weaning themselves off... tech

Apple executives, Facebook billionaires endorse tech diets

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A report by Facebook's own researchers last year found people who passively scroll through posts felt worse afterwards. A group of paediatric and mental health experts are lobbying Facebook to discontinue its Messenger Kids app.

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Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square Inc, recently finished a 10-day silent meditation that strictly prohibits any communication.

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Some Google employees use software called In Box When Ready. It lets them schedule “lockouts” so they can’t access messages during certain periods. “I’m using Inbox When Ready to protect my focus,” the emails say below user sign-offs.

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"When the iPhone hit, you couldn't stop the stream of emails because the devices were always on people." - Tony Fadell (above), the former Apple executive involved in the creation of the iPhone. He thinks companies should block employees from sending and receiving emails during non-work hours.

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"When the iPhone hit, you couldn't stop the stream of emails because the devices were always on people." - Tony Fadell, the former Apple executive involved in the creation of the iPhone. He thinks companies should block employees from sending and receiving emails during non-work hours.

AT Google, some employees use a tool that restricts time spent on email. A senior Apple Inc executive said his wife used a device that sets iPhone and iPad limits for their children. Members of a venture capital firm meditate before phone-free quarterly meetings. Slava Rubin, co-founder of

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