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"The phone gives us a lot but it takes away three key elements of discovery: loneliness, uncertainty and boredom. Those have always been where creative ideas come from." - Lynda Barry

http://www.openculture.com/2017/09/lynda-barry-on-how-the-smartphone-is-endangering-three-ingredients-of-creativity.html

Thoughts? 

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51 minutes ago, notme said:

"The phone gives us a lot but it takes away three key elements of discovery: loneliness, uncertainty and boredom. Those have always been where creative ideas come from." - Lynda Barry

http://www.openculture.com/2017/09/lynda-barry-on-how-the-smartphone-is-endangering-three-ingredients-of-creativity.html

Thoughts? 

There is some truth to that. 

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"The delete button makes it so that anything you’re unsure of you can get rid of, so nothing new has a chance." - Lynda Barry

Do artists save everything they create or do they delete what they think is inferior? We may never know. 

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49 minutes ago, ShiaChat Mod said:

Do artists save everything they create or do they delete what they think is inferior? We may never know. 

My son "deletes" anything he doesn't consider to be up to his current standard, and then regrets it later. 

The reason I put quotes around "deletes" is he applies the same policy to his work on paper as to his digital work. It's much easier for me to find and hide away to save the work on paper though. 

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Here's an experiment. Write down or post here how much time you think you use your mobile devices each day, then record your actual usage and compare what you think you use to what you actually use. 

Also think about what you would have done instead if you had no smartphone. (For example write on physical calendar rather than digital reminder.)

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Of course it is. It is also killing our body cells with its radiations. It also kills our privacy and focus. It is also fragile and costs a lot. Call me a luddite but I absolutely hate cellular phones. I strongly suspect it is also a contributing factor behind the cancer boom being currently experienced by the world these days along with Wi-Fi and other SHF radio radiation sources set up in every nook and crevice of the civilized world.

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45 minutes ago, Pearl178 said:

I want to get rid of my smartphone badly. Or, at least, wipe off all social media apps. I waste so much time on my damn phone,and I feel my headaches, laziness and fatigues is all attributed to how much time i spend staring at small screens. 

Turn off all audible notifications and use it only as a phone most of the time.  If turning off notifications isn't enough, turn off the wifi and mobile data signal.  During times you've chosen, use it as a mini computer.  Let it answer your orders, not you answer its orders.

 

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36 minutes ago, notme said:

Turn off all audible notifications and use it only as a phone most of the time.  If turning off notifications isn't enough, turn off the wifi and mobile data signal.  During times you've chosen, use it as a mini computer. Let it answer your orders, not you answering its orders

 

:clap: Good line, uhty.

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I don't feel that it takes away creativity and honestly I cant imagine life without it makes everything much more easy. Can't wait to get the iPhone 8 that's coming out  

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On 19-9-2017 at 7:16 PM, Pearl178 said:

I want to get rid of my smartphone badly. Or, at least, wipe off all social media apps. I waste so much time on my damn phone,and I feel my headaches, laziness and fatigues is all attributed to how much time i spend staring at small screens. 

It definitely is. I'd advice you to do as I did, take off all the apps, make it into a simple calling and camera device... And when you're at home turn it off and put it somewhere you don't see it. Just forget about it. I tell my friends to message my mom if they wanna hang out, or just a Facebook message beforehand and hope I'll check facebook.

You can't imagine how much better I feel since I did this. I'm not feeling bad anymore about wasting time, talking to people online feels 'special', you do it for a purpose, not because of boredom. Laziness? You might discover you're only lazy because of your phone... Start reading books instead of reading on your phone, it's worth it. Easy entertainment isn't worth it. 

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Thank you notme for sharing this. So interesting. I feel yes, it does kill our creativity but not in a brutal way of course. It is just the "phone dependency" as the article calls it when we are bored. Based on our needs, some apps are pretty useful. But, when we are bored, we are most likely not to see any nearby paper or a book. On the contrary, we are most likely to see our smartphones in our pockets.. so it just easier to get rid of our boredom by using them than to look for a book that is probably not always with us.

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