3 ways to take a break from technology

3 ways to take a break from technology

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The myriad of devices directly available to us today, such as tablets, phones, computers (both desktop and laptop), can sometimes let us becomes lost in them. From Instagram to Netflix (and to even our emails), we see ourselves connected to each other in a new media and, sometimes, we may become overwhelmed by technology. If you find yourself in need of a break from some of these social media platforms, here are three different ways that you can take a break.

Embrace your creative side
Take a break from technology by pursuing a new hobby or developing one that you had picked up (and maybe cast aside). Many hobbies can be done independently or in a group. Finding groups to do your hobby with may require you to spend a bit more time on your computer or phone, but the rewards may well be worth it; many groups, such as those who pursue cycling or knitting, typically have a group page online, where current members can determine times to meet or meeting places and where new members may become integrated into the group. Not only will this let you take a break from technology, but it’ll also allow you to meet new people with similar interests!

You can embrace this side by these types of activities:
• Cooking
• Hiking
• Painting/Drawing
• Knitting
• Reading
• Cycling
• Learning how to program

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3 Writing Tips for Bloggers

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The Internet is littered with abandoned blogs. Some have lasted years, others only a few months, but many never reached an audience outside of the blogger’s friends and some spam bots. The biggest hindrance to keeping a blog successful is the writer himself. By keeping a few simple things in mind, the blog can be run much smoother and last longer.

Pick a Topic You Love…And So Does Everyone Else

There’s a thousand blogs on fashion, technology, video games. Writing on a vague topic can leave you scratching your head on what to write every day. Choose a narrow topic on something you’re passionate about. By limiting your focus, you can create quality content that all fits together. Do you love finding the perfect smart watch to compliment your life? So do others, and they’re looking for the information, too.

As a blog, you can offer specific information that larger publications can’t. That specialization means you can be a reliable source of information on a topic that other places might not necessarily write about. Writing about a specific, narrow topic means you will have less competition as well.

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Stopping is essential to any idea

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The Importance of free time
Free time is required for our mind to relax and reorganize itself from long periods of concentration and work. Let’s take a look at the process of coming up with an idea to understand the importance of stepping away and letting our mind rest for a while. In his book, A Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young explains there is an actual process to come up with a great idea.

The first step
The first step would be to gather raw material: there’s specific and general information we need to know before we start. Specific materials would be information about the product and the audience we are working with. General materials are everything a good creative person continually seeks for: pictures, quotes, and material that inspire to create great work.

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Twitter has made us all better copywriters

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Adversity is the greatest teacher
Twitter has been an amazing social media platform to quickly share information, thoughts, and pictures with our friends and with the world. The fact that a tweet can only be 140 characters long may have, at first, scared away a few people, however today we have managed to communicate everything in 140 characters or less. That limitation that at first we feared, has made us more concise and clear communicators. Twitter has helped us write better.

But how?

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Sharks in Australia Tweet their location

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This is definitely another great way to take advantage of the Twitter platform. We will probably be seeing more of this, as brands try to differentiate themselves in social media.

“Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.”

Read the full note over at npr.org

Image from watoday.com.au

Snapchat gets hacked, user information leaked

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Hackers gained access to 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and partial phone numbers on the last day of 2013. The final two digits of phone numbers were blurred out on the initial leak. The unidentified perpetrators, known simply as SnapchatDB, leaked the data in hopes that Snapchat would fix a security hole according their posting in an attempt to “raise public awareness around the issue”.  

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