Cal Newport wrote an article on digital wellness apps. Like apps that keep you from your compulsive tendency to open apps with incentives such as planting a tree as reward for when you don’t open an app.
“But something about this growing digital wellness movement makes me uneasy, and I think I’ve finally put my finger on the source of my concern: it’s infantilizing.
I’m a grown man. If I’m checking my phone every 5 minutes, or playing video games instead of paying attention to my kids, I don’t need an animation of a dying tree to nudge me toward better habits, I need someone I respect to knock the stupid thing out of my hand and say “get your act together.”
My sense is that more and more people in our current culture of digital excess are hungry for this type of strong challenge.
They don’t want to depend on Apple to tweak their OS to be slightly less intrusive, or need to download an app that provides a fun reminder about disconnecting; they want instead to be so wrapped up in doing things that are hard and important and meaningful that they forgot where they left their phone in the first place.”
I think self-awareness is super important right now. Are you noticing the things that are hijacking your life? Or are you covering them up?