How to unplug in the Technological Era
(05-18-2017, 12:01 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: 1. Delete your personal Facebook page if you have one (I just did this recently). Or at least set your notifications to none.

2. Unsubscribe from any unnecessary email subscriptions. Use a throwaway email address for accessing websites that ask for your personal info.

3. If you don't need your phone for work, set it to not ring or vibrate and only check it once or twice a day. Then go to step 5.

4. If you do need your phone for work, do what you gotta do, but when you're off work, do 3 and  5.

5. Carry your phone in a manner that makes accessing it a pain in the ass, that puts a "buffer" between you and it so that your picking it up requires thought and isn't done mindlessly. Ex., instead of carrying it in your pocket, carry it in your backpack or briefcase or leave it in your car, etc., wrap it up in something you have to unlock or something to get to it, etc.

6. If you start off on the internet doing something productive but typically find yourself, hours later, wasting time, set up a reminder or alarm that goes off every 15 or 30 minutes and asks you the question: "Are you wasting time or doing something good?"

7. If you want to goof off on the internet periodically, there's nothing wrong with it if it's done ordinately. Recreation is a good thing. But if you can't manage it (as in #6), put a time limit on it and force yourself to stop after so long.

8. Tell your friends you're wanting to "unplug" some and to only text if it's important.

9. If you need your phone because kids/spouse, use call blocking so only their calls get through and no one else's does (if this is possible. Is it?) Or have ring tones set up for them only so you can ignore other calls.

10. If you use your phone because you're like a lot of smokers and need something to do with your hands, start carrying a book or a Rosary or what have you.

11. Find alternatives. Most of us have become so prone to using tech that we can't remember what the Hell we did before it was invented. You're young, so the problem is even worse, I imagine. But back in the day, we used to read, socialize, make stuff, paint, sculpt, watch the stars, study things, etc. Find out what you're into and start doing it. Get some new hobbies. Pick up the guitar or something.

12. Just say no to the internet time-sucks -- e.g., 10-minute videos that are nothing but text you can read elsewhere in 2 minutes; videos of talks or events that have transcripts available elsewhere; 10 minute videos consisting of 10 pictures (you ever spend a minute looking at a picture anywhere else?); click-bait crap that has you looking through 50 pictures  so you can see the one picture you're interested in (the thumbnail pic, or the pic in the ad you clicked on to get to it. Is that pic really worth 15 minutes of your life?); etc.

13. When watching a video, skip past the long intros to get to the meat (just think of how many videos consist of 5 minutes of "the goods" all prefaced with a full minute of high-tech graphic-laded intros and music that do nothing but tell you what channel you're watching).

14. Set an example yourself: use snail mail for invitations and such

15. I hate to say it because many websites literally and truly DEPEND on ad revenue in order to exist (including this one), but get Ad Blocker -- and then, pleeeeease, disable it for FE and other website you support and want to see thrive. (I wish people realized how important ad clicks are to this website and would explore ads that have any interest to them!)

The tech isn't inherently a problem. For ex., there's nothing wrong with using the internet to read and study and watch videos (depending on what you're reading, studying, and watching, obviously). Spending 3 hours on the internet reading the writings of the Saints is one thing; reading some click-bait website's incessant Top 10 lists for 3 hours is another. So don't think of it all in terms of "unplugging," but in using the technology so you don't become its slave. Manage it so it doesn't manage you. Figure out what the things that cause you to use tech inordinately and find workarounds and alternatives.

It's getting more difficult to follow through on these. Employers will want to check out your online presence so you have to curate professional looking facebook and linkedin accounts if you want to get good middleclass jobs these days.
I don't know that you necessarily need facebook, but linkedin is quite important in job searching these days. Of course if your intention is to just stay in one company it's less of an issue.

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