Device Overload

I am the new owner of an iPad mini. I spent all evening syncing it to my iPhone. It’s basically the same thing with a bigger screen that makes for better viewing during bedside web surfing.

I don’t want to come off like I don’t appreciate the gift from my adoring fiance, because I do. I can especially see how fantastically entertaining it will be while traveling, and it’s a lightweight thing to stuff into my purse and carry around with me everywhere I go.

But really? It is an iPhone but bigger and it doesn’t make calls.  And it certainly doesn’t replace my laptop, since it’s not easy to type on and I can’t keep a spreadsheet on there (and I can’t live without my spreadsheets!).

So one of the things I am trying to do is minimize my life. In the past year, I have done this across the board (simplifying things such as: my finances, my career, my morning get-ready-for-work routine, my wardrobe, my skincare routine, my possessions, my friendships, and more).  But one thing I still spend too much time doing is sitting in front of a device (be it my computer, my iPhone, or now, my iPad) and watch someone else live THEIR life. I think my generation as a whole is guilty of being sucked down the time-warping internet rabbit hole more often than we’d like. Sometimes I feel like it’s just me, that there’s something wrong with me, or that I am an unmotivated lazy loser for getting so wrapped up in THE INTERNET. But the fact that I was able to have a full ninety minute conversation about this last Saturday night with my girlfriends made me realize that I am not alone.

And then today I discovered this post about a digital detox and was extremely excited to read that this is actually a common phenomenon.

I have to keep working to find that delicate balance between staying informed and in-touch and also allowing myself to disconnect and be at peace with quiet.


One thought on “Device Overload

  1. Thanks for sharing my link, and yeah, finding that balance IS hard. I am struggling with re-introducing social apps and smartphone use post-detox and find myself slipping back into icky habits! Always refining, I guess!

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