It’s been 3 years since I sold my expensive DSLR. The one statement that never comes out of my mouth is- ” Damn, what a great shot, I wish I had my camera with me”. I always have my camera in my pocket because I always have my smartphone with me.
In November 2017 I stated I was addicted to my smartphone and promised to report back on my progress. I loaded two apps to record my smartphone usage and I was shocked on how much time I spent on the device.
Some days my usage exceeded 3 hours.
I noticed the following patterns that I have since corrected.
When in the house I no longer look at the phone for the time. I either use a clock or ask Alexa
I have removed the Facebook and other social media apps from my phone
I have removed all notifications
The phone is no longer on my night stand when I go to bed
I have set aside 3 times a day to answer email. No more answering email on demand
I use remote controls rather than my smartphone to control the TV.
I am very aware that when I am bored I go to the smartphone.
My usage is still over an 90 minutes a day. I’m seriously thinking about a no digital day and only answer the phone when someone calls. In another 3 months I will report back on the changes in my smartphone usage.
The following article is a must read for anyone thinking about cutting down their smartphone usage.
Here I am sitting in front of my computer on the 3rd rainy afternoon in a row. No complaints about the rain since the river was at an all time low just a week ago.
The following are six major themes in tech and in my life in 2017
Voice – Our household now has an Amazon Echo and 3 Dots. The primary use is for music. Other uses include timers and research. For example last night while watching a movie it was as simple as saying, “Alexa, what is the capitol of North Dakato (BTW, it’s Bismarck)
Photo Editing- I now shoot 100% of my photos on my Nexus 6 and only use 3 editing tools (Google photos, Prisma, Snapseed) Prisma now has HD printing and creates framable art.
Food Delivery – Cuenca now has several food apps. The one that is primarily used is Megabite. Its a pleasure when you are tired to go to the app and have your favorite cuisine delivered by motorcycle in 15 minutes.
Smartphones – The major flagship phones (i.e. Samsung, Apple) are now $1000 fully loaded. I decided to hold on to my Nexus 6 for another year because it has a great camera and a superb screen.
Streaming TV in Cuenca – We still have our older versions of Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. We mostly watch Netflix and seem to be watching more series on Netflix.
The Cloud – My computer is the only Apple Device I have left. I use Google, Amazon and Flickr to back up my photos and other media.
Fish Monger- As I am writing this post I can hear my wife on a Skype call with a friend saying the following” Lenny is no longer my 5 letter help word in tech”. All he cares about is selling his fish”. Not totally accurate but pretty darn close. The fish business has taken off in 2017 and I look forward to supplying Cuenca with the best Salmon in Ecuador.
Happy New Year to all my friends and subscribers who read this blog.
The Samsung Note 8 unlocked base price is $$940 and the rumored price for the iPhone 8 is $1000. Some of the readers of this blog will be purchasing their new iPhone with a Carrier’s subsidy when they renew their cellular plan. I have a cellular plan through Claro but only pay 1/4 of what I would in the U.S.