Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Creativity replaces mindless consumption

One of my favorite scenes of all movies comes at the end of "The Candidate" (1972) with Robert Redford. Spoiler alert: After an entire movie about a seemingly unwinnable election, Redford's character wins the race.

With a throng of reporters approaching after the victory, Redford turns to his campaign manager and asks, "What do we do now?"

No answer. Bang. End of movie.

This type of moment pops up in life every so often for me. Now, I am experiencing that "what do we do now?" feeling because I have completed a full-length book and am figuring out the next step.

Today, I'm not going to talk too much about the book itself. Rather, I will explore the writing process itself and how I turned stories and ideas into a 60,000-word book.

First off, I feel a sense of accomplishment to have written a book that is needed, honest, useful and hopefully entertaining. Secondly, the creative process of committing to such a project enhanced my day-to-day life. Who knew that the collateral damage of writing so much would help other aspects of my life, too?

Some friends have asked, "How did you find the time?"

It turns out that time actually does exist to follow one's passion. For me, my writing passion trumps Netflix, social media, my phone and a lot of daily time killers that don't spark joy for me.

A major lesson is how creativity in my life is much more valuable than consumption. Man, we consume a lot, especially in the United States. I realized that I would often find myself in time-jacking Internet searches or YouTube warps or just watching whatever looked interesting on Netflix. Way too much time was wasted on that stuff.

My public service to readers today is to wonder if you experience mindless consumption like me and if it's possible to turn that into mindful consumption. I am wondering this: Are you OK with your usage of your phone, technology and your consumption, or do you feel you waste your free time too much on certain things? Please comment, and let me know where you are.
For me, writing the book brought out my waste-of-time demons. The main devils were social media, Words With Friends and texting. I deleted social media from my phone and stopped the Words game. I realized that checking texts morning, noon and night (that's three times per day) suffices.

It is wild what happens to the mind, and life, when personal time shifts. I experienced this awesome reboot type of feeling to not be tethered to my phone. It was freeing! But without social media, no phone games, less Netflix and texts, what was I to do?

I read even more (I already was reading about 40 books a year), spent more engaged time with my family and wrote the book, which I had never done. Somehow, other aspects of my life aligned, too. I work out consistently (twice a week, that's enough for me), and I feel more connected to family and friends. I've even experienced the power of deep breathing and Pandora Meditation Radio. What in the world is going on here?

I never committed to a full-length book previously because I over-thought the audience and publishing world and always found excuses to not do it. This time around, the book had to get out. In away, it wrote itself.

I fear that many of us just consume and don't create. We offer the fake excuse that "we don't have time." That way of thinking undoubtedly will lead to frustration, unfulfillment and emptiness. To create is to be human.

As a teacher, I often roll my eyes because creativity isn't explored as much as it should. Isn't understanding and cultivating creativity a crucial component of education? In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Pearl S. Buck talked about how creativity makes one's senses more alert and life more profound. It produces a "heightened activity of every cell of his being, which sweeps not only himself, but all human life about him."

Nowadays, many low-level capitalists devalue creativity because they don't see it as profitable or marketable. Plus, in the era of Amazon, Netflix and the "smart" phone, there is so much out there to consume that it is easy to forget about creativity and just consume, consume and consume.

So even though I'm wondering "what do we do know?" with a finished book, I know the answer. I'm moving on to book two. OK, sure, I'll write a book proposal and get the first one into print. I just know that the journey of creating something out of nothing is magic, and I believe magic bounces all around us. As I write this, I am hearing it in the form of my daughter singing and composing a song on the piano in the background.

Heck, it doesn't have to be writing a book or composing music. But my advice to anyone is to add a creative endeavor to your life and see what happens.

109 comments:

  1. The phone is a big 'ol noose around our necks slowly choking off precious time from what could otherwise by a vibrant life. I think I'm going to go find some flowers to smell right this minute, commune with nature and offer a silent prayer to whichever deity my heart decides to worship at that moment.

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    1. Ha ha. Love it, Don! ... I've learned that I can't be a curmudgeon and tell the kids to get off their damn phones. But for me, life is so much better with a tighter circle of friends and less phone b.s.

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  2. Probably most everyone who reads books has thought about writing one. I know I have. Now, if I only had the time...

    Okay, I do have the time but, almost certainly, not the discipline. Congratulations. But, dammit, you got me thinking again....

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! ... I believe it could have been a blessing in disguise for me, going so many years without ever writing a full-length book. Did I really have killer ideas? I think I wanted to just be some sort of literary star before having a truth that needed to come out. My advice: Your truth is in you. It will come out if you truly want it to.

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    2. I used to use my phone a lot and would be very surprised by the usage I had every day because sometimes I wouldn't remember when I would pick up my phone. But now I have reduced the amount of time I devoted to my phone and it is a little over 1 hour a day which is not a lot in my opinion. I will continue to try to communicate with others IRL instead of just relying on texting.

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    3. Sad to say, but I spent a lot of adult years unaware of how much I was on my phone. I was mesmerized by the tech. At least I’m aware now.

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  3. I feel fine about my free time and I am pretty balanced with my phone usage.

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  4. I think my technology usage during my free time could be shortened, because I go on my phone to relax and take my mind off of school, but I feel like sometimes, I go on social media too much and the time I took to go on social media, I could be doing homework and regaining my sleep.

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    1. My fear is that we think the phone relaxes us but it does the opposite. All the fast-paced text conversations, the images on Instagram and videos on YouTube. There is a good chance that it's not "relaxing" us.

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  5. Usage time of technology such as phone should decrease

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  6. I believe my technology usage is overboard. I should take breaks from my phone and laptop.

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  7. you know whats actually super useful that has been added to i phones? The fact it shows you your screen time in hours if you go to settings, then screen time. What has helped me a lot for the past month i to decrease my average by more than an hour and 45 minutes because from there your screen time will gradually decrease. This feature also shows you your daily and weekly screen time. So its kind of like their haunting you which makes you want to use ur phone less and less. Or at least balance the different types of media.

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    1. I found the screen-time feature good at first, but then I get annoyed when it demands my attention every Sunday morning.

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  8. I think that my use of technology takes over my amount of free time. Whenever I have a good amount of free time, I usually spend it looking through my Instagram feed or watching Youtube videos on my phone.

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    1. I was doing the exact same thing, and when I took stock of what I was actually doing, I was shocked at how much time I'd be scrolling through Facebook and in the warp of YouTube videos.

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  9. Technology is the center of my free time. If it's watching a game or on my phone texting (DMing). It takes up so much of my time. I would like a way to know a way to reduce my time and maybe go out of my comfort zone.

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    1. The first step is to take stock of what you do. I say "chart it up!" What I mean is to actually be aware of each time you go to your phone. One trick is to scramble your apps every week. That way it makes you more aware that you are actually going to your phone.

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  10. I usually feel like I waste my free time by going on my phone or using technology when I could be studying or working extra credit projects. I could use my free time to better my education instead of playing games or watching videos.

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    1. This sounds like a parent! ... The key is to not beat ourselves up for doing too much tech, but to be aware of what we're doing and then to do what we actually want to.

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  11. When I think about my use of time in technology correlates with my grade in school. If my grades are fine, then I think that I spend my time on our technology balanced. If my grades are bad I just try to cut it down and focus on school.

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    1. I think my daughter might see it that way, too. Because she has all A's, it's OK to spend hours and hours on Netflix. But isn't that too much of a time waste?

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  12. I feel balanced with my phone usage. I wasn't always good with managing time but the way I did is was to stop using one thing at a time, my Xbox being the first one. My phone was the hardest to get rid of so I left it to the end. In the beginning I would just stare at walls but then I replaced that time to workout. Also waking up absurdly early helped me, like I wake at 4 AM everyday and do a lot of things to get me too tired to have time for screens.

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    1. Props to you! Working out is such a healthy, good habit, and to do it to start the day -- wow. Impressive!

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  13. I dont believe that I use to much of my time for technology because most of the time I am at school learning so I am not using my phone unless it is for turning something in or use of contact to my friends

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  14. I definitely spend too much time on my phone.There are better things to do and I should use my time productively, but I've gotten so used to using my phone and mindlessly scrolling through nothing.

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    1. Exactly. The key word here is "mindlessly." It turns out that to be human is not "mindless." The phone takes away our humanity! :-)

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  15. Technology is alright. It's there if I need it, but in my opinion I think that technology doesn't control my life. But maybe I just tell myself that but maybe it does control my life. Technology has came into my life in every aspect, no matter where I go, there's technology. At home, at church, or even on the baseball field. Unless I went out to the middle of the Ocean, I wouldn't be able to spend 24 hours without running into technology. So right now, I'm not sure if I'm balanced with technology and my life, but in my eyes, I see myself balanced.

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    1. In our tech-heavy world, I am wondering if we can truly be "balanced" with tech. It certainly is omnipotent.

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  16. I feel like my use of technology is balanced for how busy I am. I have a very packed schedule, so for me, my phone is not always my first priority. Of course there are some times when I am on my phone more, but it just depends.

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  17. I feel as though the management of screen time is important but I feel as though it is necessary to be on a phone or a computer or another screen device so that you can do homework or work for a class. Though I know that you are anti tech and all but you can't be completely anti tech there has to be some tech in your life because in 99.999% of jobs there is some sort of tech requirement.

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    1. True. And then to think that I'm "unwired," that's just not reality. We use technology so much. I even met my wife on the Internet!

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  18. Having just come back from Spring Break, I can easily say that if not used properly, your free time can easily go to waste. While I'm in the moment of scrolling through Instagram, I constantly tell myself "Just one more post..." One more post becomes ten and then ten becomes one hundred. It's insane. When my brain finally realizes what my "dumb" self is doing, it's already too late. Ultimately, I end up feeling "icky." I suddenly am disappointed in myself and my lack of self-control. Self-control is SO HARD. Everybody tells us to practice self-control when it comes to procrastination, dieting, and everything. Why don't people start teaching us how to control ourselves? Our phones are an addiction. When our parents tell us to just put it down, it is not that easy. It's like telling a smoker to just stop smoking. That is no help. Nonetheless, I do understand how the user is responsible for how they use their free time and it is in part their fault for over-consumption of the phones.

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    1. Excellent post! So true! ... In 20 years, I predict that we look back on our phone usage like a cigarette. It looks ridiculous that people in the 1950s didn't realize that cigarettes are harmful. How do we not realize that the phone is harmful??

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  19. To be honest, I don't care anymore. I spend more than 5 hours a day with technology and I don't regret any second of it, I enjoy surfing the web and looking at memes, wasting my free time away, like I said earlier, no regrets. Personally, I'm not a thrill seeker and the sun hurts my skin, so what is there to convince me to go outside? I just don't see the beauty of the outside world and I'd rather spend time binge watching Game of Thrones till 12 AM. Even though I prefer to spend my time using my phone or computer I still try to life a physically healthy lifestyle. I spend my weekends running with my friends and I do daily stretches in the morning, its just that I enjoy spending my free time using technology instead of "living the best life I can!" But...but...technology is unhealthy for you, It's killing creativity! Yeah, thanks for the info, but I'd rather spend my limited time on earth doing the thing I want to do, and I believe that technology is not killing creativity and can even bloom ideas for the bored. When I spend time watching anime or watching a movie, I look at the characters, backgrounds, and designs and I gain an urge to draw something. Art is a hobby of mine and unfortunately, I get art block from time to time, but when a see a story, a plot, I get invested. But where am I going to find references of heroes and monsters in the real world? That's right, I can't. Thanks to technology and the internet, I can just search it up on google or look up a hashtag on twitter, and BOOM, quick and easy access to help me with my hobby. I don't get tired of technology, the internet is vast, filled with hundreds upon thousands of websites, the only thing that's stopping me is my human and mortal body. The internet is basically like an alternate world that exists in the real world, people can change their image in seconds and start anew, its like playing god. I'm not denying the fact that I'm addicted to the internet, in fact, I don't really care about what others think of me anyways. I don't believe that technology is negative or a bad addiction, it just depends on how the user utilizes their web surfing experience. Technology doesn't kill people or creativity, but rather people mindsets that kill. A computer has never shot up a school or caused a suicide, it is a person on the other side of the screen that did it, triggering a reaction, and misplacing blame on technology is unjustified. Humans are humans worst enemy and technology is just a tool. Sorry for going off on a tangent about the human vs human bullshit, but I just want to say that I love and enjoy technology, it made daily life easier, and I believe that technology does not kill creativity as long as you are being productive.

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    1. I hear you. I think it all goes back to balance. ... I do not believe that my way is the way. But it did make me feel much better. I do believe that we can have it all. We can have art, nature and tech. I just don't believe in only tech, tech and tech.

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  20. I would like to use my phone more but I can't because my parents always take it away for dumb reasons.

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  21. Balance with technology....NO WAY. Even though I don't have a phone and I can't be on that 24/7, but technology still takes up a vast majority of my time. But do I regret it? NO WAY. Anime, TV shows, and video games, they are all so enjoyed by me and I think that the time used is worth it. So technology is very tempting and consume lots of time, but if you use that time for something you want to do, go for it.

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    1. I think I regret giving my daughter a new iPhone this year. She's only in sixth grade; she could have used an older one. The new phone only makes her use it more. Regrets!

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  22. These days, everyone is on their phones or devices, simply wasting time. I do regret always being on my phone because it limits my creativity and imagination. Maybe I'll try to improve and limit my technology usage.

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  23. To be honest, I myself, think that I spend way too much on technology. This is due o the fact that even if I don't have free time, I find some way to create free time just for it and this is something I really want to change because I don't think I should be spending as much time on electronics

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    1. Yes, I say that we think we are relaxing with tech, but we're actually just consuming and giving big tech more of our data.

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  24. I think is beneficial, Technology always helps us in our daily lives. However, we should definitely cut out the unnecessary tech in our lives.

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  25. If you don't count listening to music all day and night from my phone, then i'm barely on my phone like ever. I personally think im never on my phone because listening to music doesn't require looking at the screen at all.

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    1. I don't have a problem with listening to music. I put that in the good column for tech.

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  26. You see a person you know walking towards you but you don't feel like saying hi. So what do you do ? I catch myself many times in this situation and i usually just resort to taking my phone out of my pocket and pretending I don't see them. Phones have benefitted the world in many ways as it helps connect everyone through a unique form of communication. However, we have used this privilege to an unhealthy extent. My balance is horrible. This is a complete understatement. I probably go on my phone more than I actually sleep. I think staying away from technology can help the growth of people's minds and i hope that i can come to a place where my phone does not become a burden for me.

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    1. To understand that "I probably go on my phone more than I actually sleep" is a great step forward with self-knowledge. Don't beat yourself up. Just be aware, and try something new. Maybe try scrambling your apps on your phone each week.

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  27. I believe I overuse tech products in general. Although this may be due to the fact that I find enjoyment in fixing computers or building them I see myself using my phone too much aside from that. The reason I say this when I look at the percentage of time I use a certain app the most for my screen on time I noticed something I was unaware of. The reason behind this for the 8 hour screen on time over 2 days I noticed overall 50 percent of the time I had a streaming service open such as twitch, youtube, or Netflix.

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    1. There is a big difference between using tech as a tool and tech as a pastime. I'm all for tech as a tool. As a pastime, not so much.

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  28. My time is evenly spent between reading and writing my book and watching tik tok. But for the most part I spend my day reading or I'll spend a day watching an anime that I fell behind on. But my time is pretty balanced.

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    1. A unicorn! I love to hear that you read and write during your free time. I can think of no activities more healthy for the brain. Keep on keeping on!

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  29. seven homework assignments, 10 hours till school starts. What am I doing? Well, I mean, I'm done with my math homework and bio homework doesn't take a lot of time, sooooooooo, why not play some games? Go on instagram? Sure. I personally feel like i spend too much time on my phone. My phone has been such a huge destresser that I always come back to it everytime. I need to go out more. I agree, not only me, but many people spend way too much time on their phone than they think. Phones are way too addictive and finding the perfect balance is hard, not impossible, but hard. For me, i can keep going with homework without picking up my phone, but goddang, who wants to finish homework in one sitting? Yeah, I definitely want to improve and stop using my phone so much :0

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    1. At least you do your homework first then go to the phone. Too many people get stuck in the time warp of the phone, then are up crazy late with the homework.

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  30. Free time for me is something that I feel I give away too much to certain things in my life. Most times when I get home I find myself picking up my phone unconsciously and not putting it down till I realize it's 8:00 and I haven't started homework yet.

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    1. Bingo! This is what I see and fear. Try something different. I bet life will be so much better for you if you give yourself a set time for phone. Why not try just being on the phone 8 to 9?

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  31. I think I waste too much free time, time that can be used to learn new things. If I added up all the hours of my free time wasted on social media, I would be horrified. Overall, Technology is our greatest helper and our greatest enemy.

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    1. "Our greatest helper and greatest enemy." Love it!

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  32. I honestly feel like it depends on how I feel in that moment. I feel lazy and never want to come out of bed while watching youtube on my phone or I feel a little bit of anxious and I do something productive. I definitely feel like I'm moving to the side that I don't have a balance of technology. When I do have freetime I would relax, but I never do other activities such as reading a book or maybe making progress on my novel. When I am busy I am just so focused on finishing homework and studying for school. It really eats up my time and when I have the freetime I use my freetime for technology instead of reading or even spending time with my family. So instead of killing time with my phone, I should improve my relationship with my family and friends. Therefore, instead of being stuck to my phone I will interact socially and realistically with my peers, family, and friends.

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    1. At the end of the day, I fear that our "tech time" is so highly unproductive and unfulfilling. Right?

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  33. I feel that your free time should be spent doing things that you love. Free time should be me time, so whatever I do when I'm free should most definitely be something I enjoy doing.

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    1. Perhaps. But my point is that tech has stolen me time. Tech time (to me) is not me time.

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  34. Honestly I have to admit that I fall into the trap of going onto Youtube and watching video after video. But reading the previous comment does make a point about technology can enhance creativity. As long as the amount of tech and amount of "doing" is balanced, a healthy lifestyle will be achieved. But of course, maintaining that balance could be difficult to reach. I feel like it is all about discipline and the positive attitude.

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    1. I think "tech discipline" is something that isn't on everybody's radar, but it should be.

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  35. I rarely use my phone, I limit myself to 1 hour each day and then I do my homework

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  36. Whenever I have free time I do things that I enjoy but it is mostly on the screen and I don't really do anything productive. I love watching Youtube and Netflix and I don't really know what else I could do on my free time. I would like to do something more productive but I feel I wouldn't change. I spend my free time doing something I love and I don't see why I should change that.

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    1. I'll sound like a parent here: What about going outside? Walking in a park? Going to a friend's house? So much of typical human activity has been trumped by YouTube and Netflix. It's kind of a bummer.

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  37. I actually feel balanced with my use of technology these days because, for one thing, I get bored with the things that the phone offers me and youtube also makes me disappointed. In one day I say to myself after getting the phone, "i'm going to lvl up every 5 star i have in Fire emblem h to 40" but in the end I don't even touch the app.
    Well, in the beginning I definitely couldn't stop using technology because the technology I had was new and things like that. Prolonging enjoyment of one thing can make it tiring, I say, but maybe it's just me...

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    1. Truth be told, maybe I just also got bored with Facebook and binge watching so many shows. Enough was enough.

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  38. It's scary how addicting social media is for me. As a developing teen, I feel like I have to keep up with all the trends and what's "cool" in order to fit in. I spend way too much time worrying about my public persona, and it's terrifying to acknowledge it.

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    1. It turns out that nobody really cares about our social media presence. I stopped doing social media, and nothing really happened. I wasn't missing out on anything.

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  39. I think I spend my life wisely. I don't go on my phone a lot and I in general don't care what other people are doing with their lives. For me as long as I'm happy and my family is happy that's all that matters to me. Technology is so beautiful it's toxic. I'm really good at not wasting time. Many people say I come from a different generation.

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    1. "Technology is so beautiful, it's toxic." Love that line! "Beauty" on Instagram actually is killing us. Think about it.

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  40. I think that as long as you balance out your technology use with school and other activities it's not a waste of time. Personally, I like to finish my homework right after school so I have plenty of free time to check instagram, watch youtube, and binge netflix shows.

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    1. That's my daughter's system, but why not add other activities, too, though?

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  41. I feel that teens do not use their time wisely through the use of their technology. People are unaware of how much time they are actually spending on social media, games, or the internet. Free time is extremely valuable and people, especially teens, should spend their time doing homework, working on projects, or looking after family members. Technology really blinds people on how much time they are pulling out of their lives.

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    1. Agreed! I'd argue that teens need to be teens. They need to be doing things with friends, exploring their world and community. Childhood may have been stolen by tech.

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  42. The purpose of "free time" is to do whatever you want and enjoy. Everyone enjoys different things such as sports, TV, their phone, baking, etc. However, I personally love watching Netflix, Youtube, and just being on my phone in general because it is my time to relax after my busy days filled with school, basketball, and homework.

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    1. I fear that as we have so many entertainment options, we do those alone and don't socialize as much.

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  43. Like many other people, I end up binge watching YouTube, Netflix, etc. without even realizing it. Wow, it's been 3 hours already?! Yeah, that sums up my daily life. I'm very aware of how much I use my phone and that I should shorten it, but I've been trying to use my time on my phone for things other than social media and YouTube. I've been trying to read about climate change, the new breakout of measles, and other important things that we should focus on. Even though my free time isn't very balanced, I don't think it's a problem. I think it's a little more important to first balance out what you do on your phone, then limit your screen time after.

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    1. It's so weird to me that "binge watching" is considered fun or OK. Isn't binging with anything inherently unhealthy?

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  44. I feel that my free time is mostly wasted on most days. For example, after school when I am finished with my homework, I choose to take naps, and watch youtube or text my friends. However this "free time" slowly bleeds into the time I am supposed to be focused on homework. This is the part of my "free time" management I need to work on.

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    1. Good phrase. We all need help with "free time management."

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  45. My mom actually wanted me to have a day without my phone. As I thought about it,phones or addictive technology really do prevent you from being productive. That day where I didn't have my phone, I actually finished my homework early, wrote a song and learned it on the uke, and I took my dogs out for a walk. Most importantly, I actually cleaned my room. I learned that a phone can distract you from real life. Kids nowadays can't even have a real conversation because they're so used to texting on their phones. I try to limit myself to only 2 hours each day. I also learned that time goes by slower than when you have your phone. When I'm on my phone or watching netflix, time goes by so fast and I never understood why. Now I do. The phone prevents you from living a social life.

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    1. Yowsers! I experienced something similar. It was crazy how much time I spent with tech and didn't even realize it. Look at all you did with the no phone.

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  46. My phone and my hand are pretty much inseparable. It's become so bad that sometimes I don't even realize I'm holding my phone. Ironically, I like life without my phone much better. The grass is greener, the air is fresher,and I'm just so much happier. I just hope that in the future I can be able to mentally accept life without my phone.

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    1. I believe what you are experiencing is the norm. If that's not addiction, what is? And everyone is experiencing this on some level.

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  47. I spread my free time and create breaks between doing homework. Yesterday I had 4 hours of math homework not including the phone time. Every section (a,b,c,d,e,f) I took a little break on my phone trying to keep my brain a rest.

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    1. Beware, though. I'm not convinced being on the phone is a "break."

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  48. Most of my non-free time is technology related, from taking classes on computers and design, I am hands on with technology a lot. So, I would say It is not balanced at all.

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    1. I feel that when I work with tech, which is a lot, I'd rather not be on tech when I'm done.

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  49. I think I manage my time well everyday. I don't play more than 1 hour of video games a day which I am proud of. Also, if I have free time in the day, I spend it by reading or playing basketball.

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    1. Finally, somebody who sounds balanced. Thank God for hoops!

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    2. Why is playing basketball better than playing video games? You can do both with friends and they are both relaxing / sources of entertainment.

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    3. Banisher of HeathensMay 3, 2019 at 2:22 PM

      It's not better. It's just a preference.

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  50. I think I manage my time efficiently - if your definition of "efficiently" is to not use any electronics. In my free time, I could be found snuggled in a shadowy corner of the Cerritos Library, on a comfy chair with my face buried in a book. I know that this might sound quite boring for a few people, but it's peaceful, and it lets me de-stress from the day.

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    1. Not using any electronics is so rare. Maybe that is the way to go. It's just so hard to "balance" electronics.

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  51. I spend a lot more time on technology than I should, but I spend most of my time just researching stuff I'd do in a real life rather than just random videos such as tutorials on hobbies or travel spots since summer is so nearby. Really, I should be learning in real life rather than stuff about real life on the internet. So the point is, yes, I spend too much time with technology.

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  52. I enjoy going on my phone but at the same time I like to be outdoors and enjoy the nice weather!

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  53. yes i feel balanced with my technology and off it.I make sure I do my stuff first then technology but as long as its not more than 2 hours.

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    1. A two-hour cap is reasonable. I like to do an hour, personally.

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  54. I was raised to not waste time because there are so many things that you could have done within that time frame. After I finish all academic related work I usually make time for myself and for my family so I guess I have well balanced time

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  55. As long as using technology doesn't interfere with important things. If you can find a balance between both, I believe you could use both.

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  56. My tech use is unbalanced, but not because I spend all day on my phone. I spend 35 hours a week in school and I definitely spend less using tech. Adding up ALL my tech use (including for work), it is still less than I spend at school. Most of what I do in school will be useless later on which makes those 35 hours a week mostly a waste. Most of my tech use is relaxing (necessary) and some of it is doing work which I do so I don't fail school which is something that would affect me negatively.

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    1. I sadly have to concur that a lot of our school work is "useless." By that, I mean outdated. It would be nice to have more in our curriculum that fosters creativity, adaptability and real skills needed for the 21st century.

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  57. I think I use my phone and waste time on it more than I need to and recently I've been starting to change that and it makes me feel more free and able to do more things. I feel like the days I spend to much time on my phone I feel really down, which is why I think spending less time on my phone would be a good idea fo my own mental and physical health.

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    1. I noticed that, too. I didn't think I was feeling down, but I was. When I cut down on the phone, I was feeling more awake, happier and in better spirits all around.

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  58. Time management is a valuable skill.

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