Smartphones as our extensions

A smartphone is not only a device you use to communicate and to connect to the internet. It also extends your presence well beyond your physical body, allowing you to be, virtually, anywhere in the world.

Each phone has a unique, specific collection of apps. This individual collection of apps is a sort of digital fingerprint of the phone's owner.

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Phones: from collective use to personal use
  • The old rotary telephone machines belonged to the household. The family had one number. If someone was using the phone, you had to wait for your turn.
  • Smartphones, on the other hand, are personal. The phone is yours, it belongs to you.

They are closely linked. Social media enables us to expand our adherence to a community. It also allows us to be admired, even worshipped by others. Or hated and envied.

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Cut down on your digital dependence
  1. Schedule your internet and email use. To train yourself, try waiting five minutes after a buzz, beep, or ding before reaching for your device. Then increase this to 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and so on.
  2.  Develop a ranking system for your email.  Sort into categories like (a) important and urgent, (b) important but not urgent, and (c) neither urgent nor important.
  3. Give yourself clear “online hours.” Set an alarm for when you’ll shut down every night.

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Digital minimalism defined

As Cal Newport defines it, Digital minimalism is:

“A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”

We have to distinguish between healthy self-esteem and spiritual narcissism (the impresion of spiritual superiority)

Healthy self-esteem—comprising a positive evaluation of one’s self-worth & mastery— should emerge naturally & organically through the engagement of authentic mastery and positive relationships, rather than by pursuing self-esteem as the goal. 

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