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Disconnect to connect

Oliver Burkeman tells us how we can use technology more mindfully

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It’s a common complaint that digital technology is eating our lives. We’re addicted to social media’s ceaseless source of distraction, and the deluge of emails leaves no time for real work. One clichéd piece of advice is to go on a radical digital detox. But most of us have jobs that mean we can’t just disconnect, even if we wanted to. A more practical answer is to flip your ‘default attitude’. Stop thinking of your digital devices as things you’re connected to around the clock. Instead, learn to treat the internet as a place you occasionally visit, for specific purposes. That way, you’ll truly be using technology, instead of letting technology use you.

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