February 6, 2019

Social Media as Demon

From Cal Newport, author of Deep Work(my absolute favorite productivity book) and Digital Minimalism.

The minimalist vision for the iPhone he offered in 2007 is unrecognizable today — and that’s a shame.

Under what I call the constant companion model,” we now see our smartphones as always-on portals to information. Instead of improving activities that we found important before this technology existed, this model changes what we pay attention to in the first place — often in ways designed to benefit the stock price of attention-economy conglomerates, not our satisfaction and well-being.”

Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/opinion/sunday/steve-jobs-never-wanted-us-to-use-our-iphones-like-this.html


I don’t think Jobs had any idea the iPhone would be what it is today and I don’t know if he’d care that they are taking so much of our attention.

More over, this assumes that phone time is wasted which I do not agree with in prtemise. It’s still a valuable way to connect and often the only way to connect to friends and family that are scattered across a globalized world.

I’m all for reducing unproductive screen time. Using any tool with intention is better than not. The allure of the endless scroll is more the problem than, ipso facto, social media. Don’t retcon people long gone to suit your narrative.


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