My Philosophy of Technology Use – Part I

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My goal for this transformation is to be intentional with my tech use. To not mindlessly scroll apps or watch Netflix. That’s not to say that I will no longer use social media, Netflix, Amazon, etc but I want to reclaim some time from those activities.

I heard something on a morning radio show that I sometimes listen to on the way to work. They were citing a study that said teenagers spend up to 8 hours looking at their phone screens. I just shook my head and wondering how the hell can they get anything done. Then I started thinking about my own smartphone use plus streaming media use at home. Surely I don’t spend that much time doing those activities. I was worried that by installing an app to track it my smartphone use would change but it just so happens a few months ago Google released a Digital Wellbeing application in Android and I’m not sure if it was enabled by default or I turned it on at some point. The results were shocking, to say the least.

Through the month of November, I have 118 hours of active screen time. That’s roughly 4 hours *per day*. That doesn’t include my TV time which given my normal schedule would be around 5 to 6 hours per day which on the high side means 9-10 hours *per day* of passive consumption. Ugh, just typing that out makes me angry with myself and the time that I’ve wasted.

So what am I going to do about it? In my next post, I’ll discuss in-depth what I have planned and what I’ve already implemented.

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