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How often do you wash your hair?

Belts go around the waist

Today I flew on a commercial airline for the first time since 2019. It was pretty normal, except everyone was wearing masks. It’s nice to be back in my hometown (PHX area) visiting family for a week.

Two more things I do with :

- I use it only in a browser on mobile, I don’t install the app. That way it is sandboxed a bit from the rest of my phone and I also don’t get any notifications. I check on my terms, not FB’s.

- I always use the “Most Recent” feature to view my feed in chronological order instead of the default algorithm order. You can actually bookmark it in your browser. I never miss a post and I see them in the same order every time.

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I constantly curate my feed. If a particular friend, page, or group is posting mostly content that I don’t find helpful, meaningful, informative, or valuable in some way, I don’t hesitate to snooze, unfollow, unfriend, unlike, or leave as necessary. I even provide feedback on ads I don’t care for and block companies that I don’t want to see ads from again.

This has resulted in a much cleaner news feed than most people are used to.

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With social media, I have deleted all personal accounts except this one and . I like the instance because it has global and local feeds disabled. I must intentionally seek out the content I want to see.

On , I have limited my friends list to only people I have known and interacted with outside of FB in some way. Then I have unfollowed all of them and re-followed only those friends whose updates I want to see in my feed.

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I have ended my “dumb phone + PDA” experiment and have decided to go back to using a single mobile device (). I proved that I can get by with such an arrangement. But a smartphone actually does have some practical, productive uses for home, work, church, school, travel, and many other situations and scenarios. The key is to be intentional about how you use your smartphone so it doesn’t end up using you. It requires constant vigilance and diligence, but with practice it is possible.

In which decades would you say the golden age of home computing existed?

I'd like to remind you all that while Firefox may not be great, Chrome is a lot worse and telling people not to use Firefox is just going to push most of them back to Chrome. Demanding that people go "all the way" and rejecting incremental steps is pretty high on the list of reasons why free/libre/open/non-megacorp software isn't more popular.

I honestly don’t how people manage to browse the web without an ad blocker, without tearing their hair out.

So many sites are an almost unusable mess, with tens of trackers and adverts stuffed everywhere.

I got the flip phone I ordered, but I'm having trouble with call quality and sending photos via text message. I was having the same problems with my Teracube 2e, though, so I'm starting to wonder if it's my carrier (Ting). The SIM works perfectly with my iPhone, though, so I'm not sure what's going on. (Yes, I checked and re-checked the APN settings.) Sending photos via text is not a big deal for me. But I really do need phone calls to work well. Maybe I'll reach out to Ting support.

Yes, I am aware of the special irony of sharing this on a platform. But I'm pretty sure this study is focusing on the popular, for-profit, algorithm-driven platforms. My experience with and the has been so much better than , , , etc. ever were.

There are nearly 50 harmful effects linked to social media use

I am entirely disconnected from pop culture and I just don’t care

I don’t watch tv (or streaming services for that matter)
I don’t listen to pop music
I barely watch YouTube videos anymore
I only see movies on rare occasions when it’s something I know won’t be pozzed

When you stop doing these things you can construct a better reality for yourself
It’s very freeing I recommend it

No major catastrophes this week since I started using my iPhone like a feature phone (uninstalled all the apps, using only for calls and SMS). So I have a flip phone on order. I found a refurb Coolpad Flip for $35 on eBay. It's supposed to be carrier unlocked, so we'll see if it'll work with my Ting service. It's also supposed to have WiFi hot spot capabilities. I plan to do some write-ups and possibly videos sharing my experiences and thoughts.

Google Chrome is NOT a legit browser choice. Spread the word.

$ sudo apt remove distractions

$ sudo apt remove self-doubt

$ sudo apt install purpose

$ sudo apt install motivation

I found this video to be quite inspirational and motivational in my own "dumb phone" experiment.

The Flip Phone Manifesto

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