18 June 2014

Where’s my cell phone?




As a techie type girl I have seen the studies and opinions regarding our relationship with our cell phones. I got my first cell phone in college – the size of your average hardback book and only to be used in the car.

I believe that it’s okay if I am not immediately available.When I am home I don’t always keep my phone at my side; don’t have it set to alert me to new emails or Facebook posts. There are specific ringtones for specific people so I can decide if a call or text is worth interrupting my work.

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19 May 2014

Digital Spring Cleaning




Time for spring cleaning!

Spring is almost here! Now is a good time for spring cleaning for your computer and mobile phone.Yes, physical cleaning is important – blowing out the dust and wiping off the keyboard, but don’t forget about cleaning out your data. Are there apps on your phone you can get rid of? Apps that you tried and didn’t like? How about those documents on your computer? Are there drafts or duplicates that can be deleted? Too many bookmarks in your browser? Find out which ones are still relevant and let the others go. Need help tackling this? Contact an expert!

 

15 May 2014

Does your phone interrupt your relationship?




According to the Pew Internet Study on Couples, The Internet and Social Media (2014-02), young adults are more likely to report tension in their relationships over technology use

  • 42% of cell-owning 18-29 year olds in serious relationships say their partner has been distracted by their mobile phone while they were together (25% of all couples say this).
  • 18% of online 18-29 year olds have argued with a partner about the amount of time one of them spent online (compared with 8% of all online couples).
  • 8% say they have been upset by something their partner was doing online (compared with 4% of all online couples).

 

How does your digital device affect your relationship?

 

 

9 May 2014

Digital excuses




Excuses and excuses for digital clutter

 

Do any of these excuses sound familiar?

  •  “I might need that someday!”
  •  “I could use that again if I started doing such-and-such.”
  •  “It’s worth so much money, I can’t just get rid of it.”
  •  “But so-and-so gave that to me, and I don’t want to hurt their feelings.”
  •  “That’s what I have to remember so-and-so by!”
  •  “I like it, I just don’t have a place to put it yet. But when I move…”

digital disorganization

We often use the same excuses in the digital world that we do in the “physical stuff” realm.

What other excuses do you have for hanging on to digital items you might no longer need?

28 April 2014

Information Diet




Information Diet – Cutting down your intake

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Have you considered a low-information diet?

Reduce the number of people you follow on Twitter or Facebook. Eliminate blogs you are no longer interested in from your reading list or RSS feed. Set up filters on your email to keep those unwanted emails from your inbox. Unsubscribe from mailing lists you don’t want to receive.

In these days of digital it can be difficult to see just how much stuff we have; how much weight we are carrying around. A two foot stack of papers on the floor next to your desk feels more immediate and urgent than 50 unread messages in your Inbox. But are they the same thing, just in different formats?

What are other things you could trim from your daily information intake?

Image Alan Alfaro(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) used via Creative Commons

24 March 2014

Spring Cleaning for your computer




Have you cleaned your downloads folder lately?

For Windows users, most everyone will find a Downloads folder on their system. This is where you computer usually saves items downloaded from the Internet such as installs for programs, images, documents etc. Anything you click on to download usually ends up here.

A regular cleaning of those folder will help free up space on your computer, but it will also make it easier to find new things you download – saving you time!

Is there junk in your folder that can go away?
Photo from Barret Anspach CC BY 2.0

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