Limitations: Minimalism And Self-Imposed Technology Restrictions
I am not a luddite. I have never been a luddite. But I also don’t think consumer technology is the best things human beings have ever manifested. With that being said, I also deliberately limit my technology usage (or at least the devices I buy) in a mindful sense because I feel that the majority of people in the United States hardly ever look up from their phone on most days. I am not “putting it” to those people. I don’t care what other people do. I am just saying that I do not want to spend all of my time looking at a 5-inch screen. Life is short. Time is our most precious thing. Better to not spend that time/lifetime staring at a media source. I, personally, look at smartphones as nothing more than “mini-TV’s”. They are basically the same concept, only one takes you to the Internet, and the other takes you to a television channel. A media source is a media source is a media source. Time wasted, is time wasted.
But I am writing this blog post for a more specific purpose. And that is to say, that I do not want to spend the time that I do spend with technology, on that thing. I want to spend more time reading (physical) books. More time making financial considerations for my future. Saving (investing) silver. Streamlining my wardrobe. Making my apartment a little nicer. Planning the next few years of my life. I need to take a Step Back from where I am at, and focus on things that truly matter. I have done this by leaving the ENTIRE Internet for 2 weeks, 3 weeks, even a month at a time numerous time over the past 2 years. But I do not wish to do that. I wish to have a perfect blend of “Internet Use vs. No Internet Use”. And that is to say limit the amount of time I spend using technology. Unless it is a specific writing task, I will not pursue it. I will not scroll endlessly anymore. I will be even MORE conscious over how time is spent on this Earth. It is a thing I am dedicated to doing.