Hearing from the leaders of the tech world is always revealing, and very often surprising. In our second annual Silicon Valley Insiders Poll, a panel of 101 executives, innovators, and thinkers weigh in on some of the biggest technological, political, and cultural questions of the moment.
I’m gonna say it: Unplugging is overrated. I’m all for keeping your phone off the table while you enjoy the company of your dinner companions, but great declarations about digital hiatuses always strike me as a little much.
Of course, what people are really talking about when they describe self-imposed bans on gadgets is a rejiggering of how to use one’s time. And that is a useful exercise. Essential, even.
So maybe it’s not surprising that many of the tech leaders we polled said they yearn for more occasions when they’re unavailable—even if they don’t get them. We asked: Are you ever unreachable?
Many people said, “no.” Or, as Owen Grover, the general manager of iHeartRadio put it: “Oh hell no!” But others pride themselves on carving out time away from device-enabled connectivity. “I put my phone on airplane mode when I need to get something done,” said Kiki Schirr, a co-founder of Fittr. “So maybe two to four hours a day. I do sleep with my phone under my pillow, though!”