Why are Fitness Tracker so Popular? And Do You Need One?

No. You don’t. But they might be useful. Fitness bands and smartwatches come with fitness tracking capabilities and people seem to want them. According to https://www.macrumors.com/2020/08/31/apple-leads-wearables-market-q2-2020/ the entire industry shipped 29.4 Million Units in Q2 of 2020 ALONE. This is huge. Part of the reason behind their popularity is marketing. And then there’s the “if… Continue reading Why are Fitness Tracker so Popular? And Do You Need One?

How to Quit Social Media News With RSS

“How am I supposed to know about the latest and greatest if I don’t follow my favourite XYZ on Social Media?”, one might ask. Well, here’s something I want to ask you: When was the last time you wanted to check News on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit/InsertHere and got sucked up in a void of memes? Why would… Continue reading How to Quit Social Media News With RSS

The Huge Flaw in Design of Digital Media

This is the default of the “new tab page” on Google Chrome for Android: What you can see is that next to the necessity of a search bar it also provides frequently visited sites and news articles below. And this type of design, at least in my opionion, is deeply flawed. Chrome is not the… Continue reading The Huge Flaw in Design of Digital Media

Do-Not-Disturb Mode = Freedom

Digital Detox is a buzz word that is supposed to help you get your habits checked in place. Problem with it is that after you’re done, you go back to the service and slowly the algorithms and notifications creep back into your life until it is necessary to do it all over again. It almost… Continue reading Do-Not-Disturb Mode = Freedom

On (DIY) Wake-Up-Lights and Home Assistants

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… Continue reading On (DIY) Wake-Up-Lights and Home Assistants

Why I Removed Apps and Things From My Life That Brought Me Joy

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… Continue reading Why I Removed Apps and Things From My Life That Brought Me Joy

A Month Without Notifications Changed My Life

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… Continue reading A Month Without Notifications Changed My Life