Has anyone else given up non-essential tech?
A couple months ago I realized I was drowning in distractions and notifications. Gave up my tablet, smartwatch, other hardware, deleted most online service accounts.
I am left with a laptop and a desktop and feel much better. I sleep much better as well.
Has anyone else gone through this? Just wondering. It feels strange sometimes because I have always felt like that tech neckbear that has everything, but I feel less stressed without it now.
I have just a a desktop and I already feel how it drains my life.
Sitting here means I'll probably waste the rest of the day.
I'm considering getting rid of the destkp, the TV, get a laptop and put some plants here, maybe something autistic like an ant farm as well.
Well if it counts for anything, my smartphone's screen got busted around the beginning of September and I've yet to get it fixed.
Gone without a smartphone for about a month and a half so far and it actually feels pretty good not burying my head in the thing all the time.
I wanna continue, but sadly I'm in an LDR right now so eventually I'm gonna have to replace it to stay in touch easier. Going to try to limit its use after I get it fixed.
Why would you need to compile the kernel if you're using Chrome OS anyway? Even if you're autistic enough to use Gentoo you can just boot it and use it, it's not like your autistically configured Gentoo build will take more space than Chrome OS did.
gave up social media after Myspace killed itself
gave up smartphones a couple of years ago
I get odd stares when people talk about FB and I have no clue.
Same when I'm in line at a store and pull out my flip phone to ask the wife if she needs anything else.
I doubt, that would be uncomfortable and I'm really picky when it comes to comfort.
I'm considering getting rid of the smartphone as well. It is useful for message apps to talk with coworkers and hang out with friends but most of the time messages are just bullshit I don't give a fuck about.
I've considered it but my buddies and I absolutely love to play Smite and a few other games together. Once you play a game on a desktop on ultra everything, it is hard to play at 30FPS on a laptop.
Why would you need all that shit in the beginning? I fully agree though, the problem with technology is where people use it to 'make' their life, not to enhance it. Yes it's brilliant and great for so many things but just take a look around for 5 minutes and see how many people are too preoccupied with a shitty phone than to actually pay attention to what the fuck they're doing or who they're with.
Keep your desktop, keep your laptop and keep a phone too. Just try to restrict how you use them.
I think that was my tipping point. That stuff wasn't enhancing my life, it was making it more dreadful. I had to worry about charging 5+ things a night instead of just my phone and laptop.
I was inundated in notifications, instead of focusing on stuff that needed to get done. I would stop what I was doing and answer meaningless meme texts/messages.
It has gotten better now. I haven't purchased much as I ask myself how it would make my life better before I do.
Shit is nice fam.
When you're ditching things, or considering ditching things. Or looking for replacements. In technology, as well as other lifestyle products, you're doing it wrong.
You're still focusing on the other things. You're still not doing anything.
If you first go ahead and do something, then maybe you'll simply use those lifestyle products less.
Understandable really, I know that feel though fam. Honestly the majority of people in their day to day life don't need much more than a phone for personal use at least. I mainly only use my desktop at home for power use, then I've got my phone for when I'm on the move. I try not to mindlessly look at it to kill time though, but it's handy to be able to keep up with most things as and when.
I think the trouble lies with just general materialism and the consumer age we live in where there's constantly something else to purchase. Where we're all connected with the internet (which is a great thing) contributes to this though, and it's almost like we have an information overload which, unfortunately, most people can't seem to cope with.
On the topic of sleep, have you tried using f.lux at all? The artificial light from a monitor etc actually affects melatonin production in the body which results in disturbed sleep in a lot of people.
>You think you're not productive because you feel distracted by technology/cinema/newspapers
>When you do take a step and become more productive, or when someone guides you to be, you'll notice how you focus less on the "distracting" things
Is that better?
>complete removal of distractions
Especially for those who grew up with less attentive parents.
I noticed that for those people, having a strong partner can have a positive effect.
Or being the strong partner, in my case.
It was one of my struggles. I had a single mom who would keep me entertained with GameBoys and what not. She would have to work 12 hour workdays all the time. It is insanely easy for me to get distracted and the only solution for me is complete removal of many things. No more social media, no more cable TV, etc.
You got any tips for staying focused?
Yes, I just have my little debian server that keeps all my photos and such safely stored, a rMBP, an iphone 5s, and a kindle now.
No desktop, no clutter, no wires everywhere, no fiddling with shit and overclocking and tweaking. All my stuff just works without a hitch now.
I also have deleted all my social media accounts and life is so much more peaceful. I have much more time read, I missed reading.
Since I finished school and have a full time job I dont even feel like using most of my stuff anymore. Feels kind of like a shame. Then again its probably for the better, I felt like I was spending way too much time behind the computer when i was still in school.
>Laptop is from 2012
>Phone is from 2013
>Desktop uses components from around 2012 to 2013
>See no reason to upgrade anything when it'll work just fine for the next 4 or 5 years.
I never understood why people buy such useless shit. What is a slightly faster laptop going to do for you when you only use it for watching anime and posting on 4chan? Why buy a new phone if your current phone is only a year old? What the fuck is the point of tablets and smartwatches at all?
for me it's
desktop: cpu/gpu/ram from 2012, the rest varies
also pretty comfortable for now, my phone is overkill, but i got it cheap second hand. laptop could do with a little more ram, but otherwise fine
Same here. My laptop is from 2012. The only reason I bought a new one is because the motherboard on my previous laptop got fried.
I have been considering upgrading so I could play more video games, but I am too cheap to pull the trigger.
My dream is to only have a laptop or smartphone that can plug into a dock and act as a desktop, sorta like they were going with the Ubuntu phone.
Unfortunately I'm into 3D rendering and need the CUDA cores.
I try to stay minimalistic. Am planning on replacing my smartphone with a dumbphone and a Sansa Clip, and then only having a desktop and a cheap laptop. It'd be good to focus on productive hobbies more.