How does your daily engagement with different apps and websites look like?
I’ve been musing on this one for a few days. A few years ago I wrote an AppleScript that would periodically do the F9 show all your windows and dump a screenshot. On Sunday afternoon I dug it out and ran it from just befoe 4pm until 11pm. I pulled these together in a gif.
I am not sure how much this tells me other than I have a lot of windows open most of the time. Luckly it does not show how many browser tab I am using…
I’ve a pretty good routine for this: Grind coffee; while it buzzes I put water in the pot; I then add the coffee and put the pot on the stove;Â while it heats I prepare the cups; and pour when it bubbles.
It takes a while to boil and bubble up. I guess I usually look at my phone or read the paper, standing still that day i note that my attention is racing and I can hardlyÂ stand still, I shiftÂ from foot to foot to ‘keep busy’!
Since then IÂ occasionally try and check my posture, relax and breath whicle the coffee is brewing, perhaps this gatha will help.
As Natasha Dow SchÃ¼ll shows in her excellent bookAddiction By Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas, while casino operators want us to think that addiction is the result of our moral failings or some biological imbalance, they themselves are to blame for designing gambling machines in a way that feeds addiction. With social mediaâ “much like with gambling machines or fast food” our addiction is manufactured, not natural.
The problem with these programs, (and, yes, I’m aware that I use the word ‘problem’ lightly world news is over there) is that they rarely make you feel fantastic about yourself. For every run that your fitness app gives you a virtual high five for, there will be many other occasions when you haven’t worked out and you’ll see that little widget glinting at you, reminding you of your failure. You might’ve been ill, or depressed, or busy working on a brilliant new project – the app doesn’t care.
Well not really. I get annoyed a wee bit by some, for example Medium asks if I want to turn on Alerts, now or later? I would like a never button.
But the affordance of a mobile device are worth the odd Notification. Most I’ve turned off, I’ve learnt not to be bothered by unread lables.
This is a device where I can record, in text, audio, video, image and other formats. I can find out almost anything almost instantly almost everywhere.
This is a device which can perform small miracles and if fits in my pocket.
I can turn my phone to airplane mode if I want, I don’t take it into the same room when I sleep.
I am aware that I have a sometimes unhealthy relationship with the notifications I do have on. My work email could probbably wait, but this problem is dwarfed by theÂ positive things I get from that wee device in my pocket.
1. Go to a public place that you pass daily and take a photo, not too close and not too far 2. Download the photo to a computer and look at it for 3 minutes 3. Return to the location and take detail photos of things you noticed while looking at the original
We are recycling this one for the weekend for our friend @johnjohnston who could not do it on a week day!