Self

Technology can distract us from the path to happiness and self-realization, or it can help us get there. This page offers reflections, resources and advice on how to turn the web into an engine of self-discovery, creative expression and mental health. It also offers cautionary tales about some of the struggles and excesses that come along with integrating technology into our personal and professional lives. If you’re trying to figure out how to integrate technology into your life with integrity and purpose, I hope the resources here will help.

Tied to technology

Tied to technology

My latest toy is an iPod nano watch. It’s just a plain old iPod nano, but it slides onto a watch strap specially designed to watch-ify it. I loved it for being red and iSomething and tiny but even so I wasn’t particularly sure that it was a wise (read:...
Silence the voice of your inner blogging critic

Silence the voice of your inner blogging critic

On especially bad days this is what the voice in my head says: [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/9856414″ params=”show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″ ] But...
How to cope with your life as a social media celebrity

How to cope with your life as a social media celebrity

I think that, in a way, we’re all sort of acting like celebrities have to act, where you have personal persona and a public persona. You think about what you want to share with your fans. I know that’s how a lot of people feel about using Twitter, where,...
How the other half goes offline

How the other half goes offline

Between the Christmas break and the season of New Year’s resolutions, I was braced for a flurry of blog posts about the merits of unplugging — a phenomenon I was already tired of by the end of last summer, as I wrote about for HBR. So imagine my delight...
5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

5 life lessons you can learn from emptying your inbox

You’ve probably got a handful of e-mails that are still in your inbox because you are, on some level, avoiding them. These e-mails, more than anything else, illuminate your core personal or professional blocks. Forcing yourself through them — the way you have to in order to empty your inbox — is not just a path to e-mail efficiency, but a very meaningful exercise in character-building. Here are some of the lessons that may lie waiting in your inbox.

The 5 questions to ask about online distraction

The 5 questions to ask about online distraction

Whether you’re worried about the Internet’s impact on your attention span, or tired of hearing about how life online is driving us to distraction, these 5 questions will help you think more deeply about online distraction.

The suffering of technology users

The suffering of technology users

I love this paragraph because I think it distills and represents the pain and suffering so many people now feel around the role of technology in their lives: I like technology just as much as the next person, but sometimes I find myself feeling overwhelmed with it...
“Since I started blogging…”

“Since I started blogging…”

I overhear more and more conversations about how people cope with their lives online. We talk about our day-to-day strategies for coping with e-mail overload. We gossip about our friends’ Facebook profiles and worry about whether we should be joining the latest...
Where are you at?

Where are you at?

I have become so habituated to referring to people in my tweets as @robcottingham, @morganbrayton, @kk etc. that I’m starting to think of “at” as part of my friends’ names. You know, the way Spanish names often include “de la” or...
Social media is the jar my brain sits in

Social media is the jar my brain sits in

Brain-in-a-jar images of the future are usually presented as dystopian. But for many years, I found the brain-in-a-jar lifestyle nothing short of enviable: what could be better than eternal life, or even just regular old life, than dispensing with the annoyances of...
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