Catherine is an award-winning science journalist, speaker, coach, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone (Ten Speed Press, 2018).

After the publication of my last book, How to Break Up With Your Phone, I heard from thousands of people around the world who confirmed my belief that by changing our relationships with our phones, we can change our lives.

This feedback thrilled me—and it also made me want to keep going. I created Screen/Life Balance to further my mission of creating evidence-backed resources to help us design lives in which we control our technology, rather than the other way around—with the ultimate goal of increasing our happiness, productivity, creativity, health and wellbeing.

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Spending time on screens is not inherently a bad thing to do. With that said, if you add up all the hours you spend per day staring at a screen—whether it’s your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or television—you may realize that your total screen time exceeds the amount of time you spend asleep. Sure, some of this screen time is essential, even enjoyable. But there are a lot of other times when our screens distract us from things that are truly important to us—whether it’s the people we love, or the activities that bring us meaning and joy. The point of Screen/Life Balance is to help you figure out—and achieve—a balance that feels right to you.

How to Break Up With Your Phone

Screen/Life Balance was inspired by Catherine’s last book, HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE (Ten Speed Press, 2018), which is being published in 27 countries and translated into 19 languages. For more information, click on “Phone Breakup” on the top menu, or just go straight to


JOMO is short for the Joy of Missing Out—you can think of it as FOMO’s benevolent alter ego. JOMO means deliberately missing out out on some opportunities and experiences, being confident in your own decisions, and not letting the potential for future regret take away from your enjoyment of the present moment. The JOMO Project started on its own, but we’ve incorporated it into Screen/Life Balance as part of our broader mission of helping people reclaim their lives from their screens.



Our philosophy on social media is simple: we use it to connect with readers, to share updates on what we’re doing, to offer resources and helpful tips and (irony alert) to encourage our followers to spend less time on social media. We pre-schedule most posts, we do not spend time scrolling through feeds, and we think carefully before each post about whether we are okay with its details and data being collected, aggregated, and sold. (That’s why you won’t see much that’s personal.) We log out as soon as we’re done, and Catherine in particular doesn’t keep the apps on her phone—they’re specifically designed to be addictive. Our hope is that by providing people with quality content and reminders at the moment when they most need them, we will help people break out of their social media trance and look up from their screens. (Jenn Treado and Nikki Brafman are the official Screen/Life Balance social media managers.)