Posts Tagged ‘smart phone use’

Are you having and “affair”………

March 20, 2013

Are you having an “affair”………….With your apps?  Your smart phone?  Your Facebook updates?  Or other devices that light up and make life a little more exciting?

Have you ever considered how much time you spend wasting time with your apps, devices and other electronic technology?  I know “wasting time” is a relative term here but keep reading if you are looking to gain some time in your life and reduce some stress!  I often hear comments from people complaining that they don’t have enough time.  But have you ever considered how much time you spend on your computer, smart phone or other device that lights up and engages you? Now I am not saying using these electronic devices is a bad thing, but what I am saying is perhaps you spend too much time and brain power concerning yourself with them.

Questions for you to consider:

  •  Do you consider it OK to use your device during a family meal? During a meal with a spouse or close friend?   First date?  Would you use your device if you were meeting with the President, Pope or some other very important person?
  •  What does it say to the person in front of you that you are interacting with–this conversation I am having on Facebook is more important than the one I am having with you?
  • On vacation can you leave your device in the off position or do you “need to check” even while you are on vacation?  Isn’t the point of a vacation to de-stress, relax and get away from the day to day concerns?
  • Where is your attention focused as you read this sentence? Are you reading this or have you in the past 20 seconds allowed your brain to go somewhere else and miss the present moment?
  • Have you ever allowed yourself to be distracted by a mobile device while driving?

Consider how many times in a given day you log onto Facebook to check on or post updates. I’m sure we all know people who post updates about them going shopping or to the movies or playing Angry Birds and then they wonder where their time went–or maybe they don’t even consider the “time cost” of these activities.  I find that often people are “busy” but really not focusing on the important things or items in their day that contribute to their success.

Am I against technology?  Of course NOT!  Do I post to Facebook and Twitter?  YES.  Do I allow my brain energy to be drained away with these electronic “affairs”?  I try not to but this is a work in progress, just like you are!

As a human BEING, not a human DOING, you have the power to chose how you use your time/energy and brain power to interact with technology.  So if you would like to end your “affair” with your apps, keep in mind that you DO have the choice to do so!  You CAN modify how you spend your time with your apps and devices.

Let me know what you think about this post at

Craig Bodoh
“The Time man”