Time, Technology, and Self-Control

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There’s no that denying technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. You’re reading this right now on either an iphone, tablet, or laptop. Technology is monopolizing our ways of communicating, and it is an incredible tool for accessing knowledge, getting help, or looking at memes. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet and social media.

Some days I decide “I’ve had enough of technology!!” and imagine putting away my laptop deep in my drawer. I’ve always want to go an entire day without a laptop… But that never ends up happening.

I have a love-hate relationship with my laptop and iphone. I hate that I spend too much time on them watching shows, but at the same time I love the the amount of information the internet can give me. The internet is a time vortex, it sucks away my time. But it also satisfies my mind’s hunger for information. If I wanted to know how to learn new piano pieces, I can look them up on YouTube. If I wanted to know the benefits of a raw vegan diet, I can hear advice from raw vegan diet experts. However,  my “research” takes me down a rabbit hole, and I end up watching prank videos thinking “how did I get here?”

I learned that Technology the ultumate test of self-discipline. Every possibility is there in front of you on the screen, and it’s up to you to decide where to spend your time.

In college when I needed to write a paper, I put on an app called “Self-Control” which disables the website you enter into it for a certain amount of hours. This helped me really focus. I couldn’t distract myself by going onto social media.

The Pros of technology are immense. The benefits of technology are why I can’t put away my laptop for a day. And here are a few examples why:

1. My emails and communication are monopolized by technology

2. My daily blogs are on this platform, of course.

3. I use the internet to listen to music while I write, while I drive, etc.

4. I use YouTube for yoga in the mornings.

 

Going a day without technology sounds appealing to me. In the 70s people didn’t have the internet or cellphones, and I always wanted to know what it was like to not look at a screen for a large portion of the day. I’m imagining all that I could get done: the paintings I could paint, the books I could have written when I was wasting time on social media. Now I’m realizing the internet is a tool, and it’s up to the user to have control over the tool, or else it will control you.

Am I the only person who thinks about this?

I might go back to using the Self-Control app.

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One thought on “Time, Technology, and Self-Control

  1. Ha ha. Really true for me.
    I was addicted to quora and youtube pranks..
    Now recovering…
    Yeah its hard.
    Sometimes I ponder over how nice was my childhood.
    I really want to retrieve those best moments….

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