Sheryl Crow bans phones as she embarks on technology detox

19th May 17 | Entertainment News

Sheryl Crow has banned all smartphones in her house as part of a "technology detox".

Sheryl Crow does the Today Show in New York

The 55-year-old singer first broke into the music industry with 1994 smash hit single All I Wanna Do. Things have changed a lot since then, with technology a huge factor in today's world in terms of keeping in touch and boosting stars' profiles.

But Sheryl isn't a fan of being contactable 24 hours a day, and has therefore made a conscious decision to keep her home a technology-free zone.

"Smartphones are banned in my house!" she told the BBC. "I know I'm not going to look back on my life with my kids and think 'I wish I had been on my phone more'.

"I've just made a pact with myself and I'm much happier. I pick my phone up once a day and check it, but it's always on silent. If you detox from your phone you'll realise how much of your day is spent looking to see what you're missing, and what you're missing is your life."

The downsides of technology have been widely discussed in recent months, with recent film The Circle addressing the dangerous aspects of having a world based around IT.

And Sheryl believes it is contributing to a wider "disconnect" in humanity.

"There's a huge problem and I think it's really informing civilisation about who we're becoming," she mused. "We're all attached to these gadgets which are supposed to keep us connected, and yet they're creating a disconnect."

Sheryl is currently doing the rounds promoting her 10th album Be Myself, and is also taking on some live shows. The record showcases the singer's incredible vocal talents and was partly inspired by Prince, who was a close friend of Sheryl's before he died last year (16).

"What it (Prince's death) made me do was, while I was in the studio and while I was writing, his passing in some way made me feel like everything outside of love, caring and compassion seemed worthless," she explained.

"And this was at time when our US election campaign was going on and it was just so vitriolic, and you see the light go out on this incredible talent, and it did make me feel like I want to make music that matters to me. It brought back the urgency."

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