This week-end I was listening to a Fresh Air interview of the author of Irresistible, on addictive technology. I don’t like the idea of considering tech overuse as an addiction. But if we leave words like that one aside, I find myself in agreement with Adam Alter.
Here’s my main take-away, the one that has been trotting in my head since then: if you find yourself checking Facebook or whatever on your phone when you would actually rather be doing something else, then it means there is a problem.
This happens to me. A lot. But being aware of it makes it reasonably easy to snap out — which I have been doing regularly these last days. “Do I really want to spend my Sunday morning hanging out on Facebook?”
I’ve also installed Moment to try and get some objective measure of my usage, but I keep forgetting to take the screen shots.