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Event recap: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture

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Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.

— JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, THE MINIMALISTS

This past weekend, Toronto’s Digital Minimalism Meetup Group held our second event, practicing digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture.

The event centered around discussing the challenges of the digital world and practical ways to implement digital minimalism to fit our lifestyle.

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Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

Isn’t it ironic that there are apps designed to help us navigate our addiction to the digital world? Fight fire with fire, I guess.

Anyway, as mentioned in previous posts (here for instance), it is entirely impossible for me to use willpower or self-control to manage the time and energy I spend on mindless online activities.

The brain wants to avoid discomfort as much as possible so it will coax us back to the couch, our screens and comfort.  In comparison to digital distractions, everything else seems to require far too much effort.

It is simply too enticing to be idle and scroll through easy entertainment for instant gratification than to get up and do things that require effort, no matter how beneficial they may be.

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Upcoming event: Practising digital minimalism in a digitally-caffeinated culture

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Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.

— JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN, THE MINIMALISTS

Join us for a discussion on how we can incorporate digital minimalism in practical ways that fit our lifestyle perfectly!

We will explore ideas to help us cultivate a sustainable digital minimalist lifestyle, including the importance of solitude, the necessity of cultivating high-quality leisure to replace mindless browsing and joining the attention resistance movement.

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What I’ve learned from not browsing on my phone for a month

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I have been meaning to write a follow-up to my digital minimalism challenge post for the past two weeks now but there is always something easier to do, something more fun, at a tap of a screen.

Most can relate to the challenge of distracting apps and platforms that clutter our lives and make it harder to focus our attention on things we value.

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Kill your phone

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Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I’ve finally managed to kill my phone.

My phone, in all its capabilities and glory, bores me to tears these days.

I killed my phone two weeks ago when I deleted the Safari app, the only app left on my phone that kept me glued to the screen. 

Besides its basic features, like texting, making phone calls, and taking pictures, the most entertaining app on my phone right now is the Hoopla app, a digital platform for borrowing books from the public library.

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The joy of missing out

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A while back, I was at a nightclub slightly drunk and perfectly content to be in an establishment that encourages bad decisions when I experienced the joy of missing out.

My favorite songs blasted out of the speakers at deafening levels while bodies pushed against one another and drinks were spilled at an alarming rate.

At some point, between dancing and feeling good, I noticed some people on their phones scrolling through pictures and watching videos.

A thought occurred to me.

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I would hate to be bombarded with information about what other people, most of whom I have probably never even met, were doing with their Saturday night while I’m in the middle of enjoying my evening.

I imagined watching my Snapchat feed, or Instagram story, of people who might have been dressed better, surrounded by more people, or doing anything else that indicated they were having a better time than I was.

I was instantly grateful to not have access to that. I enjoyed my night as it was, without comparison or feeling I missed out on something better, something more, somewhere else.

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Setting boundaries with technology

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Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

This post is inspired by a post on the Human Tech community forum titled, how I went offline (mostly).

In the post, the person offers four stages for going internet-free in most areas of our lives. The first stage they propose is to “establish a place for the internet.”

Simply put, set boundaries between yourself and the online world.

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Although I have come to the realization that digital tools aren’t the problem, it’s still important to establish routines and structures that help us avoid compulsively reaching for our devices, mindless browsing the internet, and engaging in online activities that bring minimal value to our life.

Setting boundaries can help us use these tools for their practical purposes, and not for escapism or to avoid real life.

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Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

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Photo by Mel Baylon on Unsplash

Addiction, for the most part, is escapism.

Most addictions are the result of individuals trying to escape the unappealing realities of life, be it pain, loss, emotional turmoil and suffering. Pretty much anything can become an addiction, including alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, and video games, if used excessively as a coping mechanism.

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Detroit, Michigan | 07-11-2019

My friend came to visit, and I took the chance to act like a total tourist and take a bunch of pictures around downtown Detroit, Michigan.

My friend, who is from Toronto, was totally blown away by how lively and aesthetically pleasing downtown Detroit is compared to the general stereotype that Detroit is a ghost-town.

Anything but that, by any means.

The Michigan Building | 220 Bagley St, Detroit, MI
Antique piano inside the Michigan Building
8 Mile filming location: The rap battle in the parking garage
The Spirit of Detroit (and me)
The Man, The Myth, The Legend
“You gotta pay to take a picture there.” “huh?” *click* *laughter*
Potbelly Sandwich Shop | 777 Woodward Ave Ste 150, Detroit, MI | Mushroom Melt and Oreo Shake 10/10
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Awesome public spaces
Starbucks on Woodward Ave.
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Best summer ’19 drink: Iced Guava White Tea Lemonade

Until next time… 🙂