Beware of brain-eating smartphones

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Beware of brain-eating smartphones

Do you own a smartphone? What do you with it? E-mail? Gaming? Light browsing? Regardless of your variety of vice, I’m willing to wager that it’s consuming the small moments of pause in your life – just like it used to be for me.


Confessions of a smartphone sinner


I own a smartphone, and so do most other people I know. I also have been using it too much, which is symptomatic of everybody else I know who owns a sufficiently capable one – meaning it holds a large screen, a snappy processor and a a high-speed Internet connection.


It’s astounding, really, how I’ve found myself reaching almost instinctively for it at every possible opportunity to work, inform or entertain myself as opposed to doing nothing – even though I absolutely, positively love doing nothing.


Yes, I am able to do more of what I like to do because of it. Yes, it is a technological marvel  that I enjoy using simply because I marvel at its abilities. Yes, it is immensely practical to have with me if the need should truly arise for its capabilities.


I want to break free


There is, however, a distinct difference between keeping it with me because I might need it and using it such a way that my brain is always spinning at full throttle, thus depleting my mental resources as opposed to letting them recharge by way of the small pauses of life which surround us every day.


Thankfully, I currently find myself in the category of repenting sinner – not quite cured, yet having progressed substantially from the state of addiction that I suffered for a couple of months after upgrading to the latest and greatest.


Now, I mainly do two things with my phone: I take notes (fervently, as my brain is most decidedly a poor excuse for a storage facility), and use it to look up reference information from a well-kept, well-synchronized OneNote repository.


Despite my severe inclination towards all things technology (I used to make a living reviewing consumer electronics), I’ve decided to reach a point where I just leave the damn thing alone unless I need it.


You should try it, too. After all, what harm could it do?