Dave’s Blurb

I’m staring at a screen right
now.

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
insanity:

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
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