Digital minimalism: streamline your online life (Digital Detox)

We're now commuting to work faster than ever before. We communicate quicker than it’s ever been possible to do, and we no longer bother even to send text messages to other people: we simply use iMessage or tweet about our thoughts. Everything is way faster than it was 500 years, or even 50 years ago, but we still feel there is not enough time. We ride fast cars, whizz through our cities on electric scooters and grab fast food. We live faster than ever, but still, we can’t seem to get things done. There is a solution. Learn to prioritise what is truly meaningful to you. Digital minimalism is the philosophy of using technology to help you streamline your online life, allowing you to focus on a few activities that you carefully select. Optimizing your time in this way will benefit the work you value. Minimalist principles teach us that less can actually be more in a person’s life. I’m loving my minimalist life. We have not accepted this digital world from the very beginning. We have rolled over and fallen into it. Minimalism is a lifestyle. For most of us, this means optimizing our lives with digital minimalism. I’m not saying you can’t be a leader, but we can’t all be leaders. Those of us without sufficient talent can’t be dancers or football players, but we can put in enough effort to at least live like football players. What do I mean by that? If you make enough money you can buy nice cars, live in a nice house and fly anywhere in the world. You can play football with your friends or other amateurs, and you may even have a lot of followers on social media, just like football players. Take the first step. Let’s look at the example of the Amish and implement their method of hacking. Contrary to common belief, the Amish are not opposed to technology. When they want to use it, they ask a question in their meetings: will this technology benefit or harm our society? In other words, they adopt the principle that purpose is superior to ease. It’s absolute minimalism. Most people say that if you want to become minimalist, don’t use a smartphone, but this is not true minimalism. Use its useful functions. First of all, use the cheapest smartphone on the market. Because you won’t be able to do too much on it, you won’t be tempted to download unnecessary apps. Use that phone for a couple of months then go back to your faster smartphone and start to use only those apps and you will see, understand by this experiment and you will delete all unnecessary ones. Basically, don’t use non-essential technologies. I know it’s hard and it must be hard because we have not accepted this digital world from the very beginning. We have rolled over and fallen into it. People are not prisoners of screens because they are lazy. We are addicted to the screen because of the billions of dollars that have been invested in making this result inevitable. This is the ingenuity of the attention industry and the manufacturers of expensive devices that have discovered the enormous wealth that can be obtained from a culture dominated by devices and applications. Turn off your notifications because a lot of apps today simulate the feeling of, we are getting from a message notification. So once we get new notifications we feel like we got an important message from someone but it’s actually some app that what you to do login there platform. So, this way we can social interaction to get spend more time on their platform. Your minutes are money for giant tech companies. This is a lifestyle designed in meeting rooms to serve the interests of a handful of technology investors. Never give up calculating. Constantly ask yourself what you are gaining and what you are losing. Apps such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook don’t have endpoints. You can keep scrolling forever. To help combat screen addiction, Apple introduced a tool last year that shows you the amount of time in hours and minutes that you’ve used each app in the past seven days or 24 hours. It also notifies you if you spend more time on certain apps. Last week Google launched a handful of clever apps such as Unlock Clock designed to help you spend less time on your smartphone. Mindful use of these tools will help you optimize your life to minimalism. Studies have shown that we need to feel loneliness in order to develop. But in recent years we have almost managed to eradicate this feeling from our lives without realizing it. Voluntary loneliness will open the door for us to further optimize our lives.

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