Pledge of Presence

Make a promise to yourself!

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Take Control of Your Technlogy

Get the most out of your technology use by making mindful choices about how, when and where you use it.

In a pilot study of the Pledge of Presence, participants reported experiencing:

  • 65% increase in productivity
  • 80% increase in focus

When you take the Pledge of Presence, you make a commitment to yourself to stop using technology mindlessly. Read more about it here.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

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    “I took the Pledge of Presence so I could be a better role model for my children. They are constantly on their devices…and I’ve realized that I’m not any better! Now, we are having tech-free dinners and working on eye contact during conversations.”

    BETHESDA, MD
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    “My Pledge was to not bring my laptop into meetings unless absolutely necessary. In doing so, I've found the meetings to be more productive, efficient, and found myself to be more engaged with my colleagues.”

    ROCKVILLE, MD
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    “I took the Pledge so my friends and I would look at each other and not at our phones when we went out. We play a game at restaurants now -- all our phones go in the center of the table, and the first person to grab theirs has to pick up the bill as well!”

    SILVER SPRING, MD
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    “Through the Pledge of Presence initiative I've become significantly more aware of being attentive in meetings at work and during dinner conversations while at home. I believe the pledge of presence has increased my capacity to remember important details and has had a positive impact on my stress level.”

    COLUMBIA, MD

Resources  

CONNECTED, BUT ALONE?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. 

 

[DIS]CONNECTED

Is Too Much Technology Hurting Kids’ Developmental Growth? For many kids, the digital world is more compelling than what’s outside their window, but psychologists worry too much screen time comes at a cost. NBC Nightly News explores the issue.

 

SCREENAGERS

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. 

 

Take the Pledge

BroadSoft’s applications enable people to connect, collaborate and increase productivity anytime, anywhere and on any device. The Pledge of Presence enables you to get the most from that technology by making mindful choices about how, when and where you use it.

 The specific pledge(s) is(are) up to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  At Work:

  • Focus during meetings by putting your phone on “do not disturb”
  • Mute notifications from non-work senders during business hours
  • Single-task instead of multi-task when you have a project to do
  • Send email instead of IM when the topic is not urgent
  • Put down your smartphone during video conferences

 At School:

  • Pay attention during class by putting your phone on “do not disturb”
  • Mute notifications from friends during designated study or homework sessions
  • Create a challenge with other classrooms to see who can come up with and stick to the best digital balance or Pledge of Presence idea or commitment

At Home:

  • Create tech-free rooms (kitchen, dining room, bedroom) in your home
  • Meet friends to play board games or a sport instead of playing online
  • Work on eye contact in face-to-face conversations

Are you ready to be a role model for the digital generation? Take the pledge using the form below.

Take the Pledge

By taking the Pledge of Presence, I promise to be more mindful of being fully present in what I do and/or in my interactions with family, colleagues, and /or peers

Want more info?

For additional questions about the Pledge of Presence, please contact Nicole Dvoskin