It's time to stop glamorizing people who are always on their phones and embrace switching off, says media mogul Arianna Huffington.
Speaking to CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global and Huffington Post co-founder discussed her new app, Thrive, which is designed to help people detach from their phones and turn off distractions from social media.
"We launched a new app to help us manage our relationship with our phone better. It's paradoxical — it's basically using technology to help us re-calibrate our relationship with technology," Huffington said, acknowledging the irony of using a mobile app to decrease people's attachment to their phones.
"The end of 2017 was when we realized that there are some really bad unintended consequences about our growing addiction to our phones and to social media," she said, referencing the myriad of studies that have revealed growing anxiety and depression rates among teenagers who are hooked on their devices.