Lessons from two and a half years without social media

This post is for anyone who is considering quitting social media, curious about deleting their social media accounts, and/or is just intrigued about what life is like without social media in the 21st century. Roughly two and a half years ago, sometime in June 2017, I deleted my last standing social media account, Twitter. AreContinue reading “Lessons from two and a half years without social media”

It’s time for a digital detox

These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes. Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn’t have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day toContinue reading “It’s time for a digital detox”

Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction

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.Continue reading “Three digital wellness apps I use to tame my digital addiction”

The joy of missing out

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.Continue reading “The joy of missing out”

Setting boundaries with technology

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 yourselfContinue reading “Setting boundaries with technology”

Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating

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. Are youContinue reading “Demonizing the tool(s) is scapegoating”

Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

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45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule and post an article yesterday. Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a list of How toContinue reading “45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device”

Digital wellness for beginners

At our era of smartphones, social media proliferation and the attention economy, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. In order to profit from our attention, companies use tactics to hijack our attention. These tactics keep us glued to our smartphones; scrolling mindlessly through our newsfeeds and watching cat memes all day long. AreContinue reading “Digital wellness for beginners”