Dec 13, 2021

The Power of Fun with Catherine Price

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Behavioural Addiction, Fun, Relationships, Social Media, Technology


I discovered Catherine Price’s book, How to Break Up With Your Phone, during the height of what I like to call my “technology breakdown” this September. My relationship with my phone and Instagram was creating a lot of anxiety and resentment and discovering this book was the message I needed to explore and regain control in my relationship to technology.

Dubbed “The Marie Kondo of Brains” by The New York Times, Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist and speaker and the author of books including The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, and How to Break Up with Your Phone. She is also the creator and founder of, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Men’s Journal, Self, and Outside, among others.


  • How our phones are deliberately designed to trigger the release of dopamine and ultimately contribute to addictive behaviours
  • The profound negative effects of our devices on intimacy and relationships with other people
  • The importance of fleeting interactions on our wellbeing
  • How to create space from technology and what to do with that space
  • How to harness the power of fun to balance the negative effects of screen time