09 September 2010
Own Your Phone, Don't Let it Own You
I did something I said I never would. I got a smart phone. I write this post mid-commute from my new phone. Fancy, I know.
I never wanted to be one of "those" people. You know the type. They walk around eyes fixed to their screen, ignorant of the world around them. I will not be one of those people. As it turns out, technology like most things in life just requires moderation. I admit that I love my new phone. I'm blogging on the train. Dude, that's awesome. However, I've established a few rules for myself:
Choose humans over robots: If my phone rings or gives me a notification while talking to a real person, the phone can wait till I'm done talking to the real person.
Go off the grid: If I get phone separation anxiety and can't not be on my phone, it's time for a break.
Be productive: It's okay to kill time on the train by playing on my phone, but when I'm at home I should be making better use of my time.
There you have it, those are my ground rules for not letting my phone own me. They seem pretty simple, but I think they'll do me well.