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 only browser doing this, though. Why?, you might ask. Let me elaborate a little:

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Phone-Only For A Week – What I Learned

 I used to work hard to not use my phone by any means. But last Monday I started a challenge which was contradictory to my ambitions. Why should I not use the most brilliant idea of the 21st century: A pocket computer which is always with you. I asked myself: Do I need anything besides the phone in my life? Here’s what I learned:

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27 January Update

Hi everyone. I made some subtle changes to the blog by changing the theme to something a little more colourful. I also want to experiment with the type of content I publish on this blog. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Today I want to start one of these experiments. I want to give some regular updates on things I learned in the past week(s). Sometimes I stumble upon amazing thoughts and ideas but they don’t end up filling the pages for a huge blog post. So I never tell anyone. But they still remain useful. That’s the idea, sharing small productivity/minimalism hacks.

Here’s a small list of things I changed and/or learned in January:

  • Logging your progress within your digital notebooks is a pretty great tool to not forget half of the things you’re supposed to do (see here for further info)
  • Reading is more fun than watching YouTube
  • Algorithms (like the YouTube algorithm) don’t improve the quality of content, just the quantity
  • Bryan Lunduke (62,000 subscribers on YouTube) stated, that most promotions on social media were a waste of energy and time since his videos with thousands (to Millions) of views will only have about +10 clicks if he promotes them on social media. “Why would anyone stop scrolling through Twitter to watch a video on YouTube?”
  • 10 minutes a day for cleaning will end up saving you hours of extensive work on the weekend (at least if you have a small apartment)

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 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.

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#deletefacebook 01 – The Start of the End

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.

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Addiction and Habits

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?

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How to Turn Your Android Into a Minimalist Phone

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your smartphone? I certainly have. Companies and start ups try to cash into this by offering services or devices that are labeled “minimalist” and are supposed to keep your head clutter-free. But the truth is, most of these devices are just an attempt into obtaining either our personal data or way too much cash for something incapable of basic things. I’ve tried my best to adjust my own phone to meet the minimalist criteria without missing out on the Android-available features. It is so easy you can do it as well!

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Does Social Media Kill Creativity?

I created my Facebook account back in 2009. This year I thought about deleting it alltogether quite often. Why you might ask? I miss the time before social media. It is certainly not just nostalgia knocking on the door. I am sure that social media does not have enough benefits to actually justify its existence. While there are tons of research which already show the bad influence of social media on our everyday life (e.g. this article in which Facebook admits just that) it might even harm the way we use the internet in general, especially when you consider how much bitterness and hate is spread on Twitter and Facebook, even by government officials.

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Media and Minimalism: Is It Possible to Live Without Web Entertainment?

I discovered an interesting video from youtuber Luke Smith the other day. In the video he explains how he managed to live without internet access at home for two years. At first this sounds quite frightening, especially to a digital native. But Luke‘s thought process offers quite some insights into a brighter and simpler future. Continue reading