My name is Patrick, and I'm addicted to technology. And I'm not the only one. This fact was recently illustrated by a trip I took where I had no phone, no computer, and limited (>3 hrs/week) of internet access. For a month. Try doing that right now. I don't foresee a lot of you leaving your chairs and trashing your iPhone. But I'm going to try my hardest. Find out how.It isn't very hard to find plenty of articles online about how to improve your digital life. In fact, there is an entire website
dedicated to this very purpose. However what seems to be sorely lacking is a way to take these improvements and apply them to a much older technology. Your off-line life. You know, jobs, relationships, family, friends, physical activity - all that stuff you do between staring at a computer screen?A month without being constantly connected-and the subsequent re-immersion into that lifestyle-has shown me what a blessing every second away from it can be. I eat healthier, exercise more, sleep better and laugh harder when I'm out in the world interacting with real people and not their digital impressions. Therefore, I've made it my mission to find all the tips and tricks to reduce the time spent with your tech in order to maximize your time-and enjoyment-without it. It's time to backport
a few ideas from the digital world, to the real world. What do you think? What needs backported?Articles in this Series
Web 2.0 may be here to stay, but that doesn't mean we need to be stuck in turn of the century methods of interacting with newly networked lives. In this introduction to a series of articles, author Patrick Kilgore takes you through the good and the bad of a fully interactive world, and provides tips on recovering your time, health, and sanity.
- Use your phone less, Love it more.