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30 For 30/30 #8 – More Digital Minimalism

This is the eighth post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.


Technology and minimalism

I’ve been thinking today about technology as it relates to minimalism. The fact that we have smartphones and tablets and laptops means that we are rarely not connected to the Internet and its continuous barrage or information.

I was in the supermarket today with my son and as we stood in the checkout line, I looked around. I estimate that 90 percent of the those waiting in line were staring into their phones.

When did waiting become such a bad thing?

Is life so boring that we actually need to access the same apps and read the same people’s posts every waking minute? Is the fear of missing out (FOMO) really worth the dopamine hit we crave via our incessant checking in?

Our incessant need to view new information takes us into the small screen more and more frequently while our human-to-human communication and eye-to-eye contact are decreasing in frequency and quality.

This alarms me. So much so in fact that I wonder if we are short-changing our quality of life as a whole by relying on such technology?

Full transparency – I’m typing this post on my iPad with a portable keyboard and as I do, I see various notifications appearing and disappearing. A text from my sister, several from Karen, and each time I pause my writing and check the content of each.

I am just as addicted to my technology as the next person.

Could you live without a smartphone?

Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like if I didn’t have one.

I think that, over time, my need for incoming information would be less but I wonder if I’d associate a higher quality of life with the experience?

I do know that I don’t wear my Apple Watch every day and I seem to have survived not being immediately alerted to incoming texts and breaking news stories. In fact, I make a conscious decision some mornings not to wear it.

I’ve been critical of other who abandoned technology in search of more meaning, so this might take some additional thinking.

On the health front, I’m still off work but this evening I feel about 15 percent better.

(24 minutes and no photo today)



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