Thanks to social media and smart phones/smart TVs/smart everything, we have access to more people and more “content” than ever. But the onslaught of technology entering our lives has a downside — it can distract from enjoying real life. Remember, you’re still a person, not just an avatar. But there are some easy ways to reclaim a sense of calm and presence in the world by being smarter about your digital intake. Here’s how to turn the digital fire hose into a faucet and finally take control.
Clean up your home screen
Your smartphone’s home screen is packed with colorful app icons made to be alluring to the eye. It becomes second nature to pick up your phone and single tap the purple & orange Instagram icon, or that white Facebook “f” on a field of blue, the Snapchat ghost in its yellow limbo. The next thing you know, you haven’t left the couch in 45 minutes and you’re going to be late meeting friends for a drink.
You can help eliminate some of that that garbage-time social media browsing by simply rearranging your home screen so your twitchy index finger takes a few milliseconds more to access some of your most time-sucking apps… time enough for you to consciously consider whether you REALLY need to check your notifications from the past 15 minutes.
Sound in stealth mode
This is not only the unusual design, that on closer examination can not guess where under the black fabric covering the speakers are hidden.That they are there, however, is perfectly audible in operation. Powerful bass are accompanied here by crisp highs. On the treble B & W is proud anyway. The tweeter is a special construction in which a resonance tube is connected directly to the sound generator. The result should be a particularly good separation of high and low frequencies.
Not so good playing the MM-21 in the central region on the other hand, the person something sounds too washed out.
This B & W was the only one in the test field to the option to plugs the computer does not have an analog audio cable, but digitally via USB to the boxes. A good idea. Not only because each computer user has meanwhile a few USB cables lying around too much. But mainly because noise is thereby effectively excluded.
Overall, the B & W speakers sound a bit fatter, a little stronger but also less transparent than the music monitor speakers from Bose.
An eye-catcher are the GLA-55 so all, but they sound good?
On my desk, the crystal boxes shine though with a lot of presence and shine with enormous clarity in mids and highs, falling in the bass range, clear off. There is nothing I fear and am already preparing for a slating. But when I build the speakers for direct comparison to the hearing test on the living room floor, the acoustics sun seems to be working.
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Train yourself to put down the phone
If your first impulse is to pull out your phone to kill time when there are only two people in line in front of you for coffee, you might have a problem. You might be amazed how much time those brief moments that you’re checking your phone add up to.
The best way to shrink your smartphone addiction: First, quantify how much time you’re spending with it. Moment (iOS only) is a smartphone app that logs how much screen time you’re spending on your phone, and how much time you’re using each app. You can set it to alert you when you’ve hit a max number of hours in a day — or even block you from using your phone by sending you repeated messages (part of the “Pro” feature set, $3.99.)
The “Insight” function (part of the free version) will tell you what percentage of your waking life you spend on the phone, and how many times you picked the phone up over the course of the day.
Those figures may shock you. But the app may help you change your habits and redirect some of that time towards relating to the people right in front of you. If you’re on Android, check out Quality Time, which does something similar. If you can think of a self-help tip that better represents 2017 than “use an app to cut down on using apps,” we’d like to hear it.