All the Smart Intrusions: Death by a Thousand Cuts

We can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not

This is not about Taylor Swift’s song. This is about living with electronic devices, motivated by yet another unsolicited email.

So Many Symptoms, (Seemingly) So Little Choice

I’m tired of the Noise. Not only the sounds, but the screens, even the tactile: I resent having to touch my devices in all their neediness. The icons, apps, taps, platforms, programs, plug-ins, swipes, likes, loves, invites, upgrades, downloads.

  • At 25, the second thesis was on an IBM Selectric, capable of “whiting out” an entire line if I made a typo.
  • At 29, my first home computer: a Macintosh SE in 1988.
  • At 37, I could type intrinsic motivation into a search bar and come up with 27 hits.
  • At 43, my first cell phone. (That was 2002; I held out as long as I could.)
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Living is Aging

Athens Community Council on Aging, here in Athens, GA, has a great tagline: Aging: Everybody’s Doing It.

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Solution: Rebel, Resist, Get the Eff Outside

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Replacement Therapy

Just as excessive screen use correlates to poor health outcomes, so does a lack of time spent in nature.

  1. Commit to 15–30 minutes for stretching or join a yoga class — every other day.
  2. No meals with electronic devices (no headphones or buds, either).
  3. Time box use of all devices. Cut them off two hours before bedtime.

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