Let’s face it, in this day and age, your smart phone is your best friend. And why wouldn’t it be? When there are so many helpful apps and websites, you never need to tackle a problem alone. Don’t know the answer to a question? Google it. Not sure how to get somewhere? Ask Siri.
But what about the moments when technology really isn’t necessary?
When you’re waiting in line at the store.
When you’re at a stoplight.
When your friends start talking about a subject that you don’t care about.
Why do we need to be entertained every second of every day?
I’m guilty of this, and I’m sure you are too. But I’m trying to improve.
I downloaded RescueTime on my laptop, and Unplugged on my cellphone. RescueTime is a program that monitors your internet usage on your computer, and gives you a weekly report of your productivity levels. Did you watch more cat videos than work on your research paper? It’s going to show up on RescueTime. Unplugged is a cellphone app that requires its user to turn their phones on airplane mode, allowing no internet or phone use. I’m no longer texting people when I should be doing homework.
It’s sad when you have to use technology to battle your addiction to technology, but I’m working on it.
Are there any ways that you are abstaining from technology in your daily lives?