Do You Own Your Device or Does Your Device Own You?

Denzel Washington, the great actor behind one of my favourite movies, Book of Eli, asks the following: Do you own your device or does your device own you?

Here at Stockles, we always balance between talking about Money and Life. Hopefully, this post will make you question how much time you spend on social media.

Personally, I have 3 rules:

Don’t hang out with people and constantly stay one the phone. If someone else does it, tell them to put it away asap. Say that it bothers you.

Don’t use your phone as your eyes when you travel. It is better to take a few good photos than to record a whole trip. Most likely, you will never watch those photos anyways.

Don’t believe that you are informed just because you watch the news. There are pros and cons to collecting a ton of targeted information. 

Removed by Eric Pickersgill

Take a look at the following images done by the American photographer Eric Pickersgill. He removed the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life. The project “Removed” aims to show our addiction to technology and hyper-connectivity.

Quite profound right? What do you do? How important is your phone for you?

Watch the video below and really ask yourself:  Do you own your device or does your device own you?

Take care,

Stockles

9 comments

  1. I totally agree, but I experience a difficult time telling people to keep of their phones in a good way.

    Personally i dont use Instagram privat, I have turned my phone black and white, and i most of the times keep my phone out of my bedroom.

    I am also pondering of I should start turning of my phone some hours before i go to bed, and also keep it turned of until some hours in to the day.

    Do you have any strategies for this modern problem?
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    1. Hi Investorkilden,

      True. Sometimes it’s harder than not. I am a very direct guy and don’t really care if I might be a bit harsh. People know that I’m not mean, just very on point. I just say that hey guys, put the phones away and let’s enjoy this dinner, movie or whatever. Some people get it, some don’t.

      So, what I have done is that I only have messenger and no facebook on my phone. This make notifications less interesting. I have also made it (by a plug in) so that I have no “wall” on facebook. This means that I never see any news from other people, and in so, facebook is only a messaging and connecting tool for me.

      I have instagram and all those, but don’t really use it often.

      I always turn on flight mode when I go to bed.

      So, I think one should differ between things that make you excited and things that, well, are not. I always try stay away from interesting stuff in the evening which could cause me to lose sleep.

      I check stuff in the morning, but I’m very focused on not scrolling random stuff. I check email, chatting tools and twitter, but nothing more. The main fault people do is to start the day by scrolling instagram or facebook for whatever.

  2. My device is very important to me in handling my business. I rely on it to be able to watch over it. And to get in touch with people when in a rush. So my device is really important. But i know how to manage it. Like every aspect of my financial life.

  3. The phone is such an essential part of my life that I have two of them. My problem is that I can’t stop playing Hearthstone and so I do that several hours per day. But I’m not addicted because I can stop whenever I want to. I just don’t want to.
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