45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

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I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule for Monday and post an article yesterday. Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a thorough list of How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You, which includes what to do, how to do it, and why.

The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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Digital wellness for beginners

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At the peak of the proliferation of smartphones and social media and the attention economy, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. In order to profit from our attention, companies employ tactics to hijack our attention and keep us glued to our smartphones, scrolling mindlessly through our newsfeeds and watching cat memes all day long. According to some statistics:

  • The average American checks their phone every 12 minutes,
  • The average user touches their cell phone 2,617 times a day, and
  • In a 2014 survey, 46 percent of users said their smartphone is something “they couldn’t live without.”

What is digital wellness? 

Digital Wellness is a movement that seeks to establish a holistic and unified approach to tackling the challenges and issues faced by individuals, and society at large, at the proliferation of the attention economy. The movement seeks a “fight fire with fire” approach by using tactics such as creating apps that help us manage the amount of time we spend on our digital activities. Continue reading “Digital wellness for beginners”

Minimizing ‘the noise’: Why I deleted my LinkedIn account

What do you need to do when an online platform intended for professional networking and growing your career turns into a nuance to your everyday life?

You need to cut it.

My disdain for social media continues to grow more and more each day. I am completely, albeit a bit alarmingly, obsessed with the idea of living a social media free life. It is a personal revolution to opt out, to actively choose to check out from ‘the noise’ of online platforms and cultivate life on one’s own terms.

After deleting my Facebook account back in 2012, my Instagram and Snapchat in 2013, and my Twitter account in 2017, LinkedIn was my last standing social media account until very recently.

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Mental health and social media

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By now, it is very evident that we can no longer talk about mental health without also mentioning how our increasing addiction to technology, our digital devices, and various online platforms, can negatively impact our mental well-being.

Increasingly, studies are showing the negative effects of social media on our mental health and mental well-being [1]. 

According to a report by Homewood Health, the more time a person spends on social media sites, the more likely they are to suffer from a host of mental health issues. What was more alerting was that such link between social media use and mental health issues was more pronounced for children and teens [4]. 

A study by psychologist Jean Twenge has also found that an increase in teen depression corresponded with technology use, which some are referring to as Facebook depression. Continue reading “Mental health and social media”

The attention economy and the ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’

In today’s episode of Corporate America Foolishness, H&M, a retail company known for its trendy and affordable clothing, has come under scrutiny for using a black child to model a sweatshirt sporting the phrase ‘coolest monkey in the jungle.’

In today’s political climate…

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