Kliff Kingsbury turns 40 in August during training camp. He’s lived his entire adult life with the Internet and clearly understands that people are addicted to their phones and needing to stay connected at all times, which then leads to our minds flipping out if we haven’t checked our phones over a certain period of time. With that in mind, Kliff is instituting a cellphone break during team meetings.
And before those of you 40+ start acting like this is the most horrible thing to happen to society, go to an airport and take a look around at the old people. The old white hairs. The retirees jetting off on another vacation via that company pension they’re living off of while not touching the other investments and Social Security. Everyone is addicted. This isn’t some sort of secret. White hairs are on those phones swiping away on Facebook until they come to a post that triggers the shitt out of them. It’s the way we live and if you’re acting as if this is some sort of travesty, you’re fooling yourself here.
Good for Kliff…modernizing meetings. These guys aren’t allowed to smoke weed. At least let them check their phones. My guess is that the guys will eventually feel less interested in checking their phones knowing that the breaks will be coming. Kliff’s going with the reverse psychology method here.
“They’re itching to get to those things,” he said.
Kingsbury will let the players break for their phones every 20 or 30 minutes — what he called a “good run” — right around the time he usually starts to see players lose interest.
“You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need to get that social media fix, so we’ll let them hop over there and then get back in the meeting and refocus,” Kingsbury said.
What’s the worst thing to happen here: Kliff gets fired? You’re all expecting it anyway. Might as well be interesting while they’re at it.
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