Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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Isn’t it ironic that there are apps designed to help us navigate our addiction to the digital world? Fight fire with fire, I guess.

Anyway, as mentioned in previous posts (here for instance), it is entirely impossible for me to use willpower or self-control to manage the time and energy I spend on mindless online activities.

The brain wants to avoid discomfort as much as possible so it will coax us back to the couch, our screens and comfort.  In comparison to digital distractions, everything else seems to require far too much effort.

It is simply too enticing to be idle and scroll through easy entertainment for instant gratification than to get up and do things that require effort, no matter how beneficial they may be. Continue reading “Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction”

NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing

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My introduction to the /r/nosurf community on reddit happened, ironically, as I was mindlessly browsing through the website, my favourite time passing activity and a guilty-pleasure.

The subreddit /r/nosurf  is a community for people who want to become more productive by wasting less time mindlessly surfing the internet. The NoSurf movement does not advocate for quitting the internet altogether but, instead, they advocate for cutting out negative internet use and mindless browsing. Continue reading “NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing”

In praise of taking digital breaks

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A digital break can be extremely helpful for people who feel like they are always on their digital devices being constantly bombarded with notifications, or feel that they are hopelessly addicted to their black screens.

If you are part of the 1%, you can take yourself on the unpluggedweekend retreat that promises you a break from it all. For the rest of us peasants, taking digital breaks should still be an essential part of our personal policies.

Time is a precious, nonrenewable resource. Being aware of our digital consumption is not just an aspirational lifestyle choice for the riches.

Continue reading “In praise of taking digital breaks”