I’m staring at a screen right
It’s a tool. I’m using it to
express myself. But not long ago (actually a few minutes) I was using this tool
to look at stuff I don’t need or care about. Yes, I spend too much time online.
It doesn’t get much better at
work either. My company, Back40 Design, creates engaging online experiences. Or
simply said—we make websites. We’ve been doing this for the past 12 years and
business is good. There’s no sign of the web slowing down. But I can shut it
off. It’s a choice I don’t make often enough.
Yes, there are times when being
“available by phone” is important. If you have kids or parents that need you in
an emergency, it’s indispensable. But, as I see it, everything below that is up
for debate. Lately, I’ve been more conscious of the time I spend, head tilted
downward, staring at my phone. It’s staggering. Here are some examples of the
I walked several blocks the
other night in the dark staring at my phone. My dog was there to guide me (who’s
walking who?). I was technically spending time with my dog, but in reality,
Apple’s falling stock prices had the lion’s share of my attention.
I was riding motorcycles in
Arkansas last month (you know the warm weekend we had in February) and I was