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Today, I got around to reading an article I saved from The Washington Post. I saved it because the topic is related to my previous post, so I thought I’d write something about this as well.

Apparently, kids today (Gosh, that makes me sound like an old person when I’m not) are exploiting bugs in Apple’s software to subvert Screen Time limits that their parents put on their phones.

Personally, I can’t imagine growing up with a smart phone. I was jealous that my friends in high school had iPhones, but it wasn’t like I was begging my mother because I absolutely needed one.

Secondly, I am nowhere near tech savvy enough to find said bugs in software an exploit them. So, if I were in kids’ shoes today, I probably would’ve just put up with the restrictions and complained about the perceived injustice to my friends later.

I get it, I do

I totally understand where kids are coming from. Adolescence is the natural time in life to rebel because you think your parents and their rules are stupid because “everybody is doing” the thing you want to do. I didn’t really rebel all that much when I was coming up, but that’s a different story for another day.

At the same time, I can’t help but think that subverting the bugs is completely ridiculous. Who is desperate enough to take the time to figure that out? Definitely not me. At least, I don’t think I would be. Thankfully, I probably won’t ever have to find out.

If we’re talking about ridiculousness

I’d like to speak from my own experience for a minute. When I came home after graduating college at first, my mother thought I was so addicted to my phone that she took it away from me. Obviously, this didn’t feel fair at all, because I’m chronologically an adult, and I didn’t have any homework to do for the time being, so I didn’t see what the problem was. My mother has since given up that fight, which is a relief. However, if I had to guess, she threw in the towel because in here eyes, taking away my phone wasn’t going to change anything (read: cure my perceived addiction).

She still says I’m addicted to my phone all the time though. I’ve heard it so much she’s basically a broken record. Maybe she’d see things differently if she read the article. I highly doubt it though.

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Screen Time doesn’t mean anything

The Mac operating system got an upgrade the other day: Catalina. It’s so cool; I feel like I got a new computer. One of the things I was hoping they’d implement – and maybe someone somewhere was reading my mind, because they did – is Screen Time. It was already on the iPhone; why not have it on the Macs as well?

However, I have recently reached the conclusion that Screen Time doesn’t mean a whole lot. Or anything, really. Every time I check it, it always seems to increase. And, it can become a negative obsession.

It seems that older the generations’ – especially Baby Boomers – favorite pastime is to pick on millennials for whatever we do. We can’t ever do anything right in their eyes. As far as they’re concerned, all we do is complain. This includes commentary on how we use technology.

My mother’s favorite thing to say is that I’m addicted to my phone. If I got rid of my phone, all the problems in my life would be solved somehow. So, for a while recently, I was obsessed with my Screen Time numbers. Constantly checking to see where I was at, and chastising myself when it went up. It wasn’t healthy at all.

I was so obsessed with how much I was using my phone that the things I was using it for – mainly podcasts and music – no longer gave me the same enjoyment. Everything I loved about it became a burden. And it’s not exactly the best indicator of how much people use their phones if the numbers constantly increase, is it? It’s more of a technological guilt trip than anything else.

I wish people could understand that technology isn’t bad. Not every streaming service is a waste of money, even though there’s too many to count at this point. Apple Music is amazing because a lot of music inspires my writing. It’s nice to have access to almost everything at my fingertips.

What matters is how people use technology. And I don’t know where my creativity would be without it, so people need to keep quiet and let me do my thing.

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Technological Catch 22

I read Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 as a senior in high school.  I really enjoyed it.  Then again, when haven’t I liked a book?  I can’t think of many I’ve hated.

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Social Media

I had a random epiphany today.

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Windows 10

After waiting for what seemed like forever, I was finally able to download Windows 10 last night.  I’m still getting used to it, but I think I like it.  I definitely like the new web browser, Microsoft Edge.  The address bar is where it should be – at the top.  I never got used to having it on the bottom of the screen with Windows 8.  The Favorites list is a lot easier to get to.

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My Mouse Buttons Work!

Today, I finally got the mouse pad on my computer fixed.  The mouse buttons were broken.  Really annoying when I tried to do school work.  I couldn’t copy and paste or click and drag at all.

Today, the repairman came to the house and fixed them.  I’m so happy I can’t stop clicking.