Self-responsibility… There’s (not) an app for that

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I’ve three questions for you…

Q1: Do you end up spending extra time in your smartphone than you notice?

Q2: Do you want you would do one thing to scale back the maintain your cellphone has over you?

Q3: Are you accountable?


We appear to reside in a world lately harking back to one in all my favourite episodes of The Simpsons, Trash of the Titans.

Similar to in Springfield the place the townsfolk have been too lazy to take care of their very own garbage issues and resolve to outsource them to a round the clock sanitation service as a substitute, we appear to be continually dodging duty.

We search for each doable cause why we will blame another person for the issue at hand and when it comes time to fixing the issue, we outsource it.

Like Homer, we ask: “Can’t another person do it?”

I’d argue that there is no such thing as a stronger indicator of this “can’t-someone-else-do-it?” tradition than in the way in which we’re responding to our so-called “habit” to our digital units.

As a substitute of accepting duty for the way in which we use know-how, and for our reluctance to arrange boundaries between our on-line and offline lives, we blame social media, we blame the tech firms, we blame the app designers. Briefly, we blame everybody however ourselves.

Sure, our telephones are designed to addict us, however in the identical approach that Netflix is set-up to maintain you “binging” by routinely enjoying the following episode within the queue, we finally have management and make the selection whether or not to remain or go; as Catherine Worth argues in her guide Tips on how to Break Up With Your Telephone, “what we consider as irresistible impulses are literally invites… The second you acknowledge that you simply don’t need to say sure to each invitation is the second you regain management over your life.”

We’re kidding ourselves if we anticipate app builders, social media founders and smartphone designers to construct into their merchandise methods to restrict our use (and abuse) of know-how.

Similar to supermarkets aren’t going to all of the sudden cease promoting unhealthy meals simply because it’s dangerous for you, we will’t and mustn’t merely anticipate “another person to do it”.

It’s time for us to take an excellent arduous take a look at ourselves and acknowledge what WE are doing to create or preserve the dysfunctional relationship that now we have with our telephones.

To stare into the face of the pocket-sized black mirror in entrance of us, and admit…

It’s not you, it’s me.

Because you’re right here…

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