The joy of missing out

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Photo by Irina on Unsplash

A while back, I was at a nightclub, slightly drunk and perfectly content to be in an establishment that encourages bad decisions when I experienced the joy of missing out.

My favorite songs blasted out of the speakers at deafening levels while bodies pushed against one another and drinks were spilled at an alarming rate.

At some point, between dancing and feeling good, I noticed some people on their phones scrolling through pictures and watching videos.

A thought, then, occurred to me.

I would hate to be bombarded with information about what other people, most of whom I have probably never even met, were doing with their Saturday night while I’m in the middle of enjoying my evening.

I imagined watching my Snapchat feed, or Instagram story, of people who might have been dressed better, surrounded by more people, or doing anything else that indicated they were having a better time than I was.

I was instantly grateful to not have access to that. I enjoyed my night as it was, without comparison or feeling I missed out on something better, something more, somewhere else. Continue reading “The joy of missing out”

Setting boundaries with technology

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Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

This post is inspired by a post on the Human Tech community forum titled, how I went offline (mostly).

In the post, the person offers four stages to going internet-free in most areas of our lives, and the first stage they propose is to “establish a place for the internet.”

Simply put, set boundaries between yourself and the online world.

Although I have come to the realization that digital tools aren’t the problem, it’s still important to establish routines and structures that help us avoid compulsively reaching for our devices, mindless browsing the internet, and engaging in online activities that bring minimal value to our life.

Setting boundaries can help us use these tools for their practical purposes, and not for escapism or to avoid real life.

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NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing

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Photo by Liam Briese on Unsplash

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”