IRL instead of URL

Screen time is a real issue for someone like myself. Like many others, I wake up reaching for my phone, which is never far away, and aimlessly, yet with a faint purpose, page through the news cycle and the social media circus. If, for some horrible reason, my phone is not within reach when I wake up, I jump out of bed with enthusiasm and without hesitation. If there were an earthquake, I would respond with less haste and urgency getting out of bed than if my phone were missing.

After a somewhat pedestrian morning routine, I log on the ole’ double-monitor desktop, prop up the phone nearby, set the timer on the apple watch, and stare away. Following work, I’ll browse online, catch up on some TV with my fiancée, or just game my face off.

It’s 2020 and it’s hard to get away from a screen. As a scopist, it’s impossible. That’s why it’s important to have aspects of your life that are free of technology. Whether it’s taking a jog around the block or getting a little messy with paints, immersing yourself every day in some non-digital means is essential to your daily health.

I tend to putter around in my garden for twenty-minute segments, watering this and pruning that. It helps me disconnect from the many distractions of the world and gives a moment for my eyes to relax. Returning to the desk, I’m more focused and energized than if I had just sat there instead.

What do you do to disconnect from technology? Do you find it helps as much as I do?

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” – G.K. Chesterton

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