“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”
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Collecting the world, not by understanding it but by feeding on the latest stimulus. Smartphones have engineered a collective immunity against boredom.
Play, relaxation, and exploration all take turns scratching on the glass. We are always on and perpetually entertained. The phone never shuts up—the text neck is infectious.
It's not our fault that we have to resist and embrace distraction in order to stay sane yet connected and get ahead in our lives and careers. We can try to go minimalist or disconnect altogether but that would set us back.
Aware of that rectangular glow but not controlled it, that is all we can ask.
The only thing truly scary about excess screen time is a lack of exercise. When your eyes get stuck, so does you butt and your neck.
Fortunately, the same tech that keeps you grounded can also remind you to move. Thanks to my iWatch prompts, I avoid the digital vacuum and walk around the apartment and take the dog out more often.
Statistics keep you honest. You got to get your steps in or the tech will call you out. Needless to say, digital health monitoring has a huge future.
From sharing status updates to tracking your sedentary status, technology is the glue that binds and motivates people. All this connectivity is like the reinvention of printing press but with no strings attached.
The internet has infinite inventory to entertain and distract you all day. But your health and attention are scarce resources. They have a shelf life.
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Peeking at life, three inches from the screen. It’s the possibility that it may show us something captivating that keeps our eyeballs alive.
Even with robotic intervention, we’re glued to that rectangular glow. There’s enough variety in the repetition to keep us hooked.
But what happens when we willfully want to get away?
We struggle to bend our attention back into focus. When a thousand websites and apps are talking to us screaming for clicks, we lose understanding of ourselves.
Consumption drains identities so that we can no longer be ourselves. The physical and psychological spaces are limited, that is until we make the first move to get out.
I have a simple rule: every time I take the dog outside for a walk I leave my phone behind.
I used to take the phone with me wherever I went — even the bathroom. Now when I abandon it, I can literary feel my mind rebuilding itself.
I have a similar approach for my work desk. I deliberately put the phone out of reach so I don’t have the temptation to snag it.
The resistance, of course, is never perfect. I wish I earned a penny every time my eyes get sucked into that rectangular glow.
Resisting the phone by leaving it behind is a win for my head. So grab a leash and take your thoughts for a walk. It’s impossible to connect the dots when your mind is playing the slot machines all day.
This shower curtain with tablet and smartphone pockets allow you to shower and stare at your screen at the same time.
Watch, play with or listen to your phone or tablet in the shower. 100% waterproof. Even use your camera. Features multiple phone and tablet sized pockets on outside to hold your device. Different height levels for everyone from tall adults to children. Touch interaction from the inside of the shower or bath, change songs, play games, scroll through the news.
Meanwhile, the phone cone is still waiting for its real-life debut.