Bad example

When it comes to leading by example, I am a bad example when it comes to spending lots of time with an internet connected device in my hand.

Sure, working in IT, I have to stay connected to a certain point but my lazy evenings (when I have an evening to be lazy) have a tendency to turn into a few hours in my recliner mindlessly focused on my iPad. Even if the TV is on and a movie is playing, my iPad is open. I'm distracting myself from my own distractions. I am double-distracted.

I am currently reading a book about this because I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to have a more distraction-free holiday break and, instead of just making that declaration suddenly and then failing like I typically do, I've been doing a bit of preparation to make it happen, slowly but surely.

I know a total disconnection is not possible or even beneficial but I am paring down a few things, such as deleting the real time suck apps which, surprisingly to me, are not social media but news apps and the like.

I'm about a third of the way through the book. Here's a passage from the beginning that I thought was a bit dramatic the first time I read it but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much time I am spending on a machine sucked into distraction:
Bill Maher ends every episode of his HBO show Real Time with a monologue. The topics are usually political. This was not the case, however, on May 12, 2017, when Maher looked into the camera and said: The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re friendly nerd gods building a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in T-shirts selling an addictive product to children. Because, let’s face it, checking your “likes” is the new smoking. “Philip Morris just wanted your lungs,” Maher concludes. “The App Store wants your soul.”

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