For thousands of years the human species woke up to the light cycle of our sun. Then we invented clocks and finally ended up with the alarm clock – a device designed to help us wake up whenever we wanted to. Cut. 21st century. We are surrounded by artifical lights that emit blue light and thus hinder our body to enter a state of relaxation. We spend longer hours awake at night, trying the best we can to fall asleep. After we finally entered the realms of our dreams, we don’t recharge as much. A phone alarm slaps our resting body out of its relaxed state back into the cold reality. Fed up with our “red alert”-like morning routine, we set the alarm half an hour before we need to leave the bed to hit the snooze button multiple times. These are desperate and depressing times. How should this misery end? Of course, with buying the latest greatest product: Wake-Up-Lights. Just kidding.
Today marks the first day of week four of my ongoing experiment of depriving myself of media on my mobile gadgets. Initially I thought to reintroduce these services back to my phone. But I won‘t and the reason is both simple and sad.
In my ongoing journey of minimalism I recently started my digital hygiene process in order to become more content and present. In order to do that I started a 30 day challenge without entertainment on mobile devices like my phone and tablet.
2018 will probably be remembered as a turning point in human history from the pre-AI to the AI era. We are not only surrounded by technology, significant parts of our everyday life happen only digitally. With the great benefits comes a high price: Our attention, privacy and (the most valuable resource) time. We sacrafice significant amounts of each in order to be part of this revolution which we do not fully understand the way we probably should as a society.
One month ago I wrote an essay about my new phone set-up. I originally customized it in order to not be distracted all the time, especially because of my finals in university. Back then I thought, I would turn things back to normal as soon as I’m done with my exams. But Instead I kept the notifications off and let my homescreen be as minimal as possible. I also discovered the most incredible things.
Today I clicked the button to entirely delete my Facebook account. A thing I didn’t know was that it at first will deactivate my account for 14 days until it will be removed entirely. I want to give you an insight into the process of living a facebook free life, or at least my attempt to fade into that world.
How does a man without memory remember his way home? Eugene Pauly‘s brain was damaged due to viral encephalitis resulting him in loosing his memory of the last two decades of his life and ongoing amnesia. After roughly one minute his memory of something new happening would vanish into the void and he couldn‘t recall it from ever happening.He started to go on a walk with his wife as a regular activity, taking the same route repeatedly. One day, his wife freaked out. E.P. was not at home. She was scanning every room of the house without success. E.P. went outside. She was scared, since her husband wouldn‘t recall where he‘s been prior to the last 60 seconds. After searching for him in the neighbourhood without success, she returned back home. E.P. was back. Soon she noticed that he would take a walk every day on his own walking the same route they had been walking every day. The group of scientists around Bailey and Squire was curious: How can a man without memory find his way back home? Their findings turn out to change our perception about the power of habits. But what exactly is a habit?