Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

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.

My phone isn’t a physical umbilical cord, but today revealed how much I emotionally rely on my cell phone..

I left the house around noon to meet my brother for lunch, then to make a quick run to Target. When I arrived at Chipotle I automatically checked my phone to make sure he hadn’t set a ‘going to be late’ text.  Except…no cell phone!

After a split second of panic – and a double check inside my car – I decided I was a modern woman; I could deal. Nobody was going to die if they couldn’t reach me for a couple hours.

I no longer wear a watch, using my cell phone to keep track of time. My brother had an appointment immediately after lunch and I kept reaching to check my phone to make sure we were on time. Except…no cell phone! Fortunately he had both a watch and a phone, so that kept our date on track.  But without a phone there was no Facebook check in to let the world know what I was up to; no selfies of me and the brother having fun.

When I went to Target things got tricky. This time I was the one with an appointment – 2 pm back at the office. Normally, I would be checking the time frequently, except…no cell phone! Cue anxiety. I hurried through my shopping and almost asked the check out lady for the time, just to make sure I wasn’t running late. Fortunately, my stress over missing a coupon by one day distracted my twitchy brain.

While the clock was the most missed feature on my phone, I also found myself reaching for the camera feature to take a photo. Click! Snap! to get a reference photo of that side table on clearance. Except…no cell phone!

When I arrived back in the office my cell phone was in front of the laptop, right where I had left it. Of course, the first thing I did, before I even set my purse down, was to check and make sure I hadn’t missed any messages.  My phone hasn’t left my side since then.

Did I survive a few hours without my cell phone? Yep, I sure did. Nobody died or was distraught about me not being available.

Did I enjoy this unexpected experiment and want to do it again? Not even a little! It did provide a nice epilogue to a short documentary I watched last week titled No Internet Week

 

How long have you accidentally gone without your phone?

Was it fabulous to not be connected?

Or did it stress you out?

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photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc

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15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

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11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

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19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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?

 

 

Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

Read More

11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

Read More

19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Read More

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.

Read More

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?