How to Detox From Technology, Suppress Inner Jerk
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Have you ever felt extremely anxious after realizing you left your smartphone on the kitchen counter, bed stand or in some ridiculous spot in your house? That anxiety is likely followed by a bout of anger. The inability to text the babysitter, send a couple of emails before you step into the office or conduct a random Google search won’t throw your day off. In fact, it will actually do you a world of good. While the on-the-go mentality seems to be beefing up your productivity level, it could actually be unleashing your inner jerk.

“The ‘always on’ business mentality means that you never take time to enjoy the moment,” said Managing Director of Waldschmidt Partners International Dan Waldschmidt. “You’re just moving between e-mails, calls or business tasks. People around you just seem to get in the way. Which is ironic, because those very people are the ones that you need to win over with your business idea. But you won’t, because you’re acting like a jerk.”

To find out how you can stop acting like a jerk, read more at American Express OPEN Forum…

Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.