Digital Minimalism

2019-09-25 18:45 #0 by: jordan

I was actually surprised when I first saw the video, as my interpretation beforehand was thinking about the number of digital devices, or something like how many apps you have on your phone.

He raises some interesting points in this video. Although it turns out minimizing the time someone uses their devices for may not be for everyone, there are some tips which I think are very helpful in creating a better balance in your life.

For instance, I had actually cut all screentime in bed out prior to this video being uploaded in an attempt to fix my sleeping pattern (which was definitely not healthy). It didn't take long at all, but suddenly my sleeping pattern had fixed, and I was able to get more done in the day as a result!

Matt also mentions the idea of a social media 'detox', but I don't think that is necessary if you can control your usage throughout the day. I deleted the apps on my phone which meant I could only access them from the web, which I found to be a good balance overall.

Do you think a minimalist approach to digital media is important in your everyday life?

2019-09-26 15:38 #1 by: Evelina

I used to have Instagram and Facebook (not the messenger though) deleted from my phone and it was good while it lasted!

Recently I unfollowed a lot of accounts on Instagram. And on Facebook I’m constantly unfriending or unfollowing people. I only really want to see things from people I care about not really people I haven’t talked to since high school or people I have never met. I guess that is a form of digital minimalism 😅

2019-09-27 11:29 #2 by: Niklas

These are the rules he proposed to his girlfriend during the experiment.

  1. No screens in bed.

  2. Schedule all email once daily.

  3. Limit social media to 30 minutes daily.

  4. Limit all streaming to one day.

Afterward, she said she got nothing out of the experiment. Hmm, it turns out she didn’t follow any of the rules, so how could there be a difference?

The first rule is the one I like best, but I would like to extend it to apply to the whole bedroom. That would be good for me. It wouldn’t work for Åsa. She uses her iPad to fall asleep. The alternative would be for her to go back to solving sudokus on paper. That makes too much noise for me to sleep. I prefer having the light from her screen, keeping me awake.

Rule two would work, but not make a big difference since I don’t have that much email correspondence nowadays.

Rule three wouldn’t be a problem if I limited it to apply to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and such. I don’t use them every day. The problem is that I work with social media. We build social interest networks like and for a living.

Rule four probably would make me work more instead. I started using streaming services to work less. It works. 🙂 It probably would be better to limit the daily use.

2019-09-27 15:10 #3 by: jordan

#1 I did the same a few years go... or so I thought! Every so often I see someone who I haven't been in contact with and just wonder how they got there Laughing out loud I'm tempted to delete the apps once more, to stop me picking up my phone to look at the same stuff I have on a computer screen at the same time!

#2 Yeah I found it kinda odd to claim that the rules didn't work when they were barely given a chance! I agree that rule one seems the most effective in everyday life, as you're guaranteed to be in the situation every time you want to sleep. I find light more distracting personally, I think I could live with the sound of scrunching paper Laughing


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