It’s that time of year again where we take out a piece of paper and pen and jot down our New Year’s resolution. The most common resolutions listed are losing weight, quit smoking, and saving money. These are universal commitments that are timeless, but what about habits that we all struggle with today? Technology has always been meant to make our lives easier, and while it’s obviously known that electronics have enhanced our day-to-day lives, you can’t push away the reality of our anti-social behavior that has been greatly affected.
So add some tech resolutions to your list for the New Year!
No Smartphones While Grubbing
While I am SOMETIMES guilty of this….I think it would be nice to start a meal without taking a picture of my food and then sharing it on Instagram. Almost everywhere you go to eat you will find at least one guest leaning over their table trying to get that perfect photo of their meal. It’s pretty funny when you’re the one watching!
A big pet peeve of mine is actually when I’m having lunch or dinner with someone and it’s practically pointless because I might as well be having dinner with their phones. Texting, checking social media, emails…all that can wait people! Just eat your food and share that moment with your friend. Whenever my husband and I go out to eat, we stack both our phones and place it at the end of the table, and whoever touches it first has to do something embarrassing. It works because we never lay a finger on it. In a time where we all feel stretched thin and barely have a moment to enjoy someone else’s company, setting the phone down at mealtimes assures that you and company will be able to bond more. Just put your phone down. Simple!
Don’t Drive Distracted!
Yesterday morning as I was driving to church, I picked up my phone and was looking through my iTunes to change songs. Meanwhile, I heard a loud honk. I looked to my right and there was an old lady staring me down, and as she was honking at me she was yelling “GET OFF THE PHONE!! STOP TEXTING!!!” She was super angry! I wasn’t even texting! My normal self would’ve ignored her, or probably tell her to back off, but I knew she was right. It didn’t matter if I was texting or not. It was the fact that I had my phone in my hand that was a distraction. It could not only endanger my life, but others as well. Put the phone down, and keep your eyes up folks!
Make sure to back up your files and then back those files up! There’s no such thing as being too safe! Oh man, there were so many incidents where my hard drive would crash and I would regret not backing it up! Once a month, make a copy of your external drive just to be safe. Also another way to back up (if you have a Mac) would be to set up Time Machine to back up your files daily.