This is not a blog on your rights. You have a right to be oblivious to your surroundings and a right to be obnoxious. That includes your right to obnoxiously use your smartphone the same way you obnoxiously do anything else. This is a piece on etiquette.
This is not a screed against technology, nor is it a Luddite rant. Au contraire. But we can't let it control us. We must remain in control so our world doesn't become a cheap B movie.
had no idea if my Facebook friend Andy from high school had eaten soup for lunch and slept well last night and I couldn't find out what my inner potato was through Buzzfeed, which was disappointing
While giving to others is a good and loving act, giving to the point of sacrificing your own health, wealth and happiness is not loving or good, because living this way is not loving to a very important person -- you.
've pruned my online connections. I've birthed new habits. I'm setting boundaries between work and personal time. I'm less scattered and distracted. I'm wasting less time. I have the reins in my hands again. I haven't been this productive or at ease in quite a while.
We become so busy that we forget to rest: we are wrapped up in work, extracurriculars, projects. Everyone should take some time in the coming weeks -- whether you have holidays to celebrate or not -- and enjoy a bit of a break.
Don't get me wrong: I don't hate technology. Quite the opposite, I've adopted and advocate the latest and greatest like most people, but I came to a realization recently that I had to detox. And I put together a list of reasons why.
What if we were to pick one day a year -- a day we all agree on -- and declare it our day? A day of Universal Connectivity and Creativity. A day when social media online goes dark because social offline goes live.
Think before you like. A well-populated Facebook page offers an open portal into your buying persona. Once an opportunistic marketer learns which books you read, which movies you like, and which types of food you prefer, it is game on.
Although 1 in 4 of us, or more than 60 million American adults, experiences a mental health condition each year, it is often taboo to talk about mental illness in the workplace, forcing employees with mental health issues to hide their condition.
It can be easy to get caught up in the belief that we need to go faster, check more and be ever more available, especially in a digital world.
When my smartphone went dark, my PC succumbed to malware and my old TV conked out (must things always happen in threes?), I was forced to undergo a different kind of cleanse -- a digital cleanse -- which proved as jarring as I imagined a juice cleanse to be.
The point is, when you are not watching television and thinking about inane things like how on earth someone could give birth nineteen times and still be walking around or how a human being could not notice she had a cat carcass rotting on her living room floor, your world opens up a bit.
Tech gadgets would certainly compete with the immersive experience that sleep away camp creates for the young people. But does technology have no place whatsoever in the lives of campers?
An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).
You can feel happier amidst the herculean task of running your small business by making small and simple changes to your daily habits.
It's a verified fact: Anyone signing up for the professional ministry is nuts. Don't waste time on those psychological tests. If they want the job, they're cracked.
A friend told me that back in the early aughts, it was customary for talent agents to whip out their cell phones during meetings to show that they had more important matters to attend to. Nowadays, who doesn't do that?
As a strong proponent of technology, I believe that it is crucial for us all to set our own personal limits on our use of tech to find balance in our lives.
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